Kolkata: ‘No CAA’ replaces ‘I do’ for the wrestling couple
KOLKATA: Not only people on university campuses and streets, even brides and grooms have joined the battle and turned wedding venues into protest locations. On Sunday, one of those couples, Sayantani Khan and Muntakem Haque, got married in a community hall in southern Kolkata, where they posed for photos with signs that said: NO NRC, NO NPR, NO CAA.
Borrowing the idea of weddings in Kerala, the duo decided to highlight the protests against the CAA and make an effort to keep their guests aware of the problem. “People protest against this act in several ways. So we think about this idea where we can spread awareness among a good number of people about the protests against NRC and CAA. In addition, wedding photos are often shared and liked on social networks. Then, a protest and an awareness campaign would make it count even more, ”said Khan.
His act took his relatives and friends by surprise, but everyone participated in the protest. The couple received an overwhelming response from friends and family with everyone posing for pictures with the poster.
Both Khan and Haque are independent filmmakers and met six years ago. They joined together to work, movies, social affairs and became friends, which later became a love story. Religion was never a problem when they decided to get married and received immense support from their families. “We are lucky not to have to face any problem. However, there was some pressure, created by this discriminatory act, that we could feel every time we were going to talk to catering companies, decorators and marriage registrars, Khan said.
“NPR, NRC, CAA are discriminatory and are against the secular principles of our Constitution. The government is trying to create a chasm between the communities through them. Through our actions, we want to maintain the spirit of our country and send a message that religion should not be used to divide people, ”said Haque.
The couple's friend, Dwaipayan Banerjee, felt it was a positive sign that the protest against CAA, NRC and NPR was not restricted to the streets and educational campuses, and it has been accepted on social occasions involving a mixed crowd.