UPSC Toppers Tina Dabi And Athar Khan Tie The Knot In Kashmir

| April 10 , 2018 , 13:34 IST

Tina Dabi and Athar Aamir-ul-Shafi Khan who finished first and second respectively in the 2015 UPSC examination and are IAS officers now, got married in a private ceremony at a resort in Pahalgam in Kashmir on Saturday. 

The south Kashmir town has been buzzing with activity for the last 4 days as guests from Shafi's ancestral village in Anantnag district and Dabi's parents, relatives and friends from different parts of Rajasthan and Delhi poured in to attend the wedding ceremony.  

The two had hit the headlines in May 2016 when Civil Services 2015 exam results were declared. About a year and a half later they were again everywhere in the media when they revealed to the world that they are in love with each other.

Dabi once said, "We met in the morning, and by evening Aamir was at my door. Uske liye pehli nazar mein pyaar ho gaya (For him, it was love at first sight). I thank Aamir every day for his perseverance. He is a wonderful person."

"We would be tying the knot very soon," Dabi had said then. "We are in love and very happy. But I must admit that I get very disturbed when I read stuff about us. We have stopped googling our names and reading news about ourselves. I think it is a small price to pay for being in the public eye."

The couple has withstood criticism as they came from a different religious background.

Dabi is a Hindu from the Dalit community, Athar Khan belongs to a Muslim family. Most followed IAS officers on social media, Tina and Aamir apparently began dating at the IAS training centre in Mussoorie and have decided to get married.

Earlier, Dabi had said that their parents had accepted their relationship and were happy about her choice. "As any freethinking independent woman, I am entitled to certain choices. I am very happy with my choice and so is Aamir. Our parents are happy too. But there will always be those elements, that small minority who will always pass negative comments about dating someone from another religion", she said.

Both Dabi and Khan are presently serving as IAS officers in the Rajasthan cadre.


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