Kamaal Rashid Khan, popularly known as KRK, on Thursday posted a tweet wishing Aisha and Dilwar Khan on their 37th wedding anniversary.
Bollywood dream girl, Hema Malini, and Dharmendra had converted to Islam and adopted new Muslim names Aisha and Dilawar Khan respectively.
His tweet said, “Congratulations to Aisha n Dilawar Khan (Hema n Dharmendra) for their 37th marriage anniversary. Allah Dono Ko Muslim Banaye Rakkhe.”
Dharmendra’s first wife, Prakash Kaur, did not reportedly agree for a divorce thereby prompting him to take advantage of the Muslim Personal Law and convert to Islam. Under the provisions of the Muslim Personal Law, more than a man can have up to four wives without divorcing any.
Both got married in accordance with Muslim personal laws as was evident from their nikahnaama.
Their nikahnaama said, “Dilawar Khan Kewal Krishn (44 years) accepted Aisha Bi R. Chakravarty (29 years) as his wife on 21 August 1979 at a mehr of Rs 111,000 in the presence of two legal witnesses.”
The need for KRK’s tweet perhaps emanate from the news his website, KRKboxoffice.com, carried earlier today. It said that the couple had celebrated their 37th wedding anniversary at their Juhu house on 2 May.
It said, “The surprise party was hosted on May 2nd at their Juhu residence. While Hema flaunted a beautiful blue saree, Dharmendra sported a printed shirt. The party was attended by close friends and relatives.”
KRK’s tweet assumes significance in light of both Dharmendra and Hema Malini’s association with the BJP and the raging debate surrounding Muslims personal laws. Dharmendra had represented the BJP in Lok Sabha from Bikaner between 2004 and 2009, while Hema had won the parliamentary elections from Mathura in 2014.
The BJP has been targetting the Muslim personal laws with an intention to impose uniform civil code in the country. Prime Minister Narendra Modi too has thrown his weight behind the demand to abolish triple talaq, another practice allowed under Muslim Personal Law.
Muslims, for their part, have pointed out many instances to highlight what they term the hypocrisy of both Modi and the BJP when they seek to champion the cause of Muslim women.
Social media platforms were recently replete with comments reminding Modi to break his silence on the plight of Zakia Jafri, whose husband was burnt alive during the Gujarat Genocide of 2002 during his time as the state’s chief minister and the wives of Mohammad Akhlaq and Pehlu Khan, both of whom were brutally murdered by his supporters in Dadari and Alwar respectively.
This is was in response to Modi’s announcement that he truly cared about his ‘Muslim sisters.’