On Saturday, Civil services exam 2015 topper Tina Dabi and her husband Athar Aamir Khan, who came second in the same exam, hosted their wedding reception on Ashoka Road in central Delhi. The guests included Vice President Venkaiah Naidu, Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad and Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan. Ms Dabi, 24, and Mr Khan, 25, got married in Jaipur last month and their family and friends had attended the wedding celebrations in south Kashmir's Pahalgam on April 7.
Several bureaucrats from Rajasthan were seen at the reception. Both Ms Dabi and Mr Khan are Rajasthan-cadre Indian Administrative Service or IAS officers. At a time when the country is seeing heated debates on communal disorder, the coming together of Ms Dabi and Mr Khan is being hailed by many as a beautiful example of love and peace. Dalits across the country recently took to the streets to protest against changes in a law that they claimed would dilute the law that seeks to protect them from abuse and harm. In 2015, the community had celebrated when Tina Dabi became the first Dalit to top the prestigious civil services exam. Athar Aamir Khan ranked second in his second attempt at the exam. In his first attempt in 2014, Mr Khan had got into the railways and was undergoing training at the Railways Institute of Transport Management in Lucknow.