Interfaith Marriages and Negotiated Spaces – An article by Shweta Verma and Neelam Sukhramani

A discourse on interfaith marriages in India at present involves diverse narratives ranging from opposition and resistance to acceptance. These alliances deserve greater focus in terms of their uniqueness, challenges as well as everyday negotiations that form part of their lives. Based on narratives of respondents from Dhanak, an organisation of inter-caste and interfaith couples, this article presents some domains of their lives and spaces being negotiated by them within their families. These domains include the issue of conversion, protecting identity, celebration of diversity and socialization of children, perceptions of themselves
vis-à-vis other families and parental outlook towards the alliance.

Click here to read the entire article: Interfaith Marriages and Negotiated Spaces

Seminar Invite: Mixed Marriages – Challenges and Potential

Dhanak has organized a seminar on “Mixed Marriages – Challenges and Potential” on November 26, 2016. We have invited distinguished speakers engaged in this domain to participate in the seminar. We would be delighted and honored if you can spare some time from your schedule to attend this seminar.

VENUE: Jawaharlal Nehru National Youth Centre (ND Tiwari Bhawan)
219, 2nd Floor, Deendayal Upadhyaya Marg, (Near ITO Crossing), New Delhi

Date & Time: 26th November, 2016; 3 PM TO 6 PM


 To understand whether religion is really divisive or misinterpreted for vested reasons by religious gurus, and;

 To put the same question of mixed marriages before different religions vis-à- vis individual rights enshrined in the constitution of India.

The participants in the discussion will comprise aspiring and married couples with inter-religion/caste background and individuals with diverse background.


 Prof. Rita Bagchi (Former Professor of Hindu Philosophy and Religions at Jamia Hamdard),

 Shri. Ghulam Rasool Dehlvi (Independent Writer & Scholar, Researcher in Culture and Communication Studies, Jamia Millia Islamia)

 Dr. M D Thomas (Director, Institute of Harmony and Peace Studies)
Please contact Asif at: 8750157676 for any questions.

साहस 2016 – New Delhi

February 14, 2016

Strengthening Alliances for Humanity and Secularism

Delhi School of Social Work, North Delhi

Registration and Tea (10.00 am – 10.30 am)

Session 1 (10.30 am – 12.00 pm) – Religion and Social Change

Ms. Sheeba Aslam Fehmi, Prof. Manoj Jha, Mr. Avinash Patil and Mr. Hilal Ahmed and Sharing by Participants

Session 2 (12:00 pm – 1:00 pm) – Ways in Which People in Mixed Marriage Respond/React to Challenges in Social Interactions with Others

12.00 pm– 12.45 pm — Sharing by couples in mixed marriage (Neeraj & Javed and Ranu & Asif) followed by Interaction with participants

12.45 pm – 1.15 pm — Felicitation of Couples and Parents

LUNCH (1.15 pm – 2.00 pm)

Celebration of Love – The Basis for Universal Peace and Humanity

2.00 pm– 2.45 pm —  Taking the Message of Peace to People around the venue

CULTURAL EVENING (3.00 pm – 4.30 pm)

Songs by Couples, Individuals and Participating Organizations

Closing of event with songs by Vinay and Charul from Loknaad

HIGH TEA (4.30 pm – 5.00 pm)

CHAYAN MEETUP – Mark your calendar!

A Consortium of Organizations/Individuals Working on Right to Choose in Marriage and Relationships

New Delhi (Conference Room at Delhi School of Social Work)
Tentative Program Schedule
13 Feb 2016, 3:00 – 3:15 PM

By Sh. Avinash Patil (MANS) & Asif Iqbal (DHANAK)
3:15 – 4:00 PM

Sharing by the Participants about their Work and Status of RTC in their work area
4:00 – 4:30 PM

4:30 – 5:30 PM

5:30 – 6:00 PM

6:00 PM onwards

Proposed legal and systemic changes by Dhanak for Right to Choice in Marriage

For the last nine years Dhanak has experienced various legal and systemic challenges for couples trying to exercise their constitutional rights related to their marriage. Dhanak is demanding the following changes for the recognition of Right to Choice in Marriage by the government of NCT Delhi.

Dhanak demands:

  • Change in the rules/guidelines for implementation of the Special Marriage Act-1954
    1. Provision of using proof of address from any state in India
    2. No intimation “Notice of Intended Marriage” to homes/family of marrying couple
    3. No intimation “Notice of Intended Marriage” to police stations
    4. Attestation of documents by officials receiving papers for marriage solemnization and registration
  • Establishing Government Protection Homes for couples in need
  • Establishing Counseling, Guidance, and Marriage Solemnization/Registration Center for Interfaith/Inter-caste couples
  • Public awareness Campaign on Gender Equality
  • Inclusion of Interfaith Marriage in State Scheme for providing incentives for alliances of such nature

Solidarity Home Visit – October 17th, 2015

Our Solidarity Home Visit on 17th October 2015 in Gurgaon on October 17th, 2015.


Solidarity Home Visit is our periodic meeting on the issues related to Right to Choose in marriage and relationship. The Solidarity Home Visit is organised in the house of couples in mixed marriage/relationship. Couples or individuals with similar or different background are encouraged participate.

Did you know?


We are a support group for people in interfaith/inter-caste marriages/alliance

A space where people can share their personal experiences related to having a spouse from a different religious identity than their own

A group that can provide relevant information to people wishing to enter an inter-faith / caste marriage – the how of it

A group that addresses stereotypes, myths, and misconceptions that exist in our society associated with inter-faith / caste marriages. Also addresses the fears and apprehensions of parents

A group that holds dialogue and discussions about communalism, religious intolerance and related issues

A group advocating for policy/legislative changes required to overcome some technical obstacles faced in inter-faith / caste marriages, related to children and their religious identity

SAHAS 2015

DHANAK is organising its annual event viz. SAHAS 2015 to celebrate “Right to Choice in Marriage and Relationship” on 14th February (Saturday) 2015. SAHAS is celebration of  freedom, love and gender equality in the name of universal peace and humanity. It is a strong reply to the man made differences in the name of faith/caste/sex/region/language etc.      

The day will witness sharing, discussions and reflections related to the issues of gender equality, legal, systemic, faith and caste based challenges to relationship based on innocent, natural and selfless feeling called LOVE. It will be followed by celebrating love and togetherness in various forms and cultural program in the evening.           

Children are life and their presence is a blessing. So, please do bring your children and other family members too. We ensure several activities for the young ones to keep them occupied during the entire day.

Friends not based in Delhi/NCR are requested to book their travel tickets accordingly and inform us about their travel plans so that we can make the necessary arrangements for your stay. They are requested to take care of their travel expenses. Arrangements for stay and food of outstation members will be taken care by DHANAK members based in Delhi and NCR.

Your presence during the entire day will strengthen our commitment for the cause. 

Asif Iqbal

Ph. 8750157676

Shabana Siddiqui

Ph. 9871844786