Days after Janta Ka Reporter first reported on how the 2016 IAS topper, Tina Dabi, had fallen in love with this year’s number 2 rank holder Athar Aamir-ul-Shafi Khan, the former has now confirmed the news.
Speaking to Times of India, Dabi 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)… But I thank Aamir every day for his perseverance. He is a wonderful person.”
Dabi reciprocated Aamir’s love only in August even though it was a love at first sight for the topper from Kashmir.
Dabi said that she wasn’t overly bothered about what people thought of their inter-religion love.
She said, “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.”
She added, “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. It is just that 5%. The majority are very happy . You would have seen in my Facebook timeline that most of the comments are encouraging. In fact, I am overwhelmed by the support and congratulatory messages. I thought “yeh to achcha hai” (this is good.)
“There have been a lot of comments attributed to me falsely . Then there are comments that are anti-caste, targeting reservations, religion. It’s as if I have committed a crime by falling in love with someone who is not the same religion or caste as me.Things do become offensive.I then wonder if I should be active on social media and confront such stuff. But then I tell myself that I don’t have to prove anything to anyone.”
Dabi, who created history by topping this year’s civil servicesexam, has gone public on her relationship with fellow IAS topper Athar Aamir Ul Shafi Khan.
While Dabi is a Dalit, Khan, who had secured second rank in the civil services exam this year hails from Kashmir.
Dabi posted a series of photos of her with Khan on her Facebook page after updating her status as ‘In a relationship with Athar Aamir Khan.’
Dabi’s new stardom had caused her few embarrassing moments with social media users attributing fake messages attributing to her.
She was later forced to clarify that the messages being attributed to her were fake.
She had said, “I want to clarify that none of the ridiculous statements being made under my name are my opinion. It’s really heartbreaking for me to see that a few anti-social elements can’t even allow a simple girl, who has hardwork to remain in peace.”