Power couple Tina Dabi and Athar Khan are divorced. The IAS topper couple were lauded as symbol of communal harmony when they got married in 2016. However, in 2020, the couple had officially announced a separation due to various reasons and on August 10, the Jaipur Family Court granted the couple the divorce they had applied for.
IAS topper couple Tina Dabi and Athar Aamir-ul-Shafi Khan made waves when they announced their relationship the day their UPSC results were announced. Their wedding became one to remember with various high-profile dignitaries gracing the event.
However, their relationship didn’t last long and on August 10 it was announced that the couple were granted the divorce it had applied for in November 2020.
All You Need to Know About IAS Topper Couple
In 2016, two persons came in the spotlight after they cracked the union public service commission (UPSC) exams with flying colours. The two persons were Tina Dabi and Athar Khan – both of whom topped the IAS entrance examination.
Tina’s achievement was larger in the context of community progress as she became the first dalit person to top the UPSC exam and Athar Khan, who hailed from Kashmir, came right behind her and secured the second position. Athar’s brilliant performance in the exam too was looked as the dream story of a young Kashmiri youth breaking into the administrative landscape.
Currently, both Dabi and Khan are IAS officers who belong do the Rajasthan cadre. While both were posted in Jaipur, Tina later was moved to Sri Ganganagar’s Zila Parishad as the Chief Executive Officer. Today, Tina serves as the Joint Secretary of Finance, Aamir serves as Srinagar Municipal Corporation’s Commissioner.
Jab Tina Dabi Met Athar Khan
The future administrative mavericks first met at the Lal Bahadur Shastri National Academy for Administration in Mussoorie in 2016. Both were undergoing the IAS training and amid the beautiful Mussoorie landscape, the couple’s love for each other blossomed over the course of their training.
Dabi was quoted in reports saying-
“We met in the morning and by evening Aamir was at my door. Uske liye pehli nazar mein pyaar ho gaya (For him, he fell in love with me at the first sight).”
The same year in November, Tina took to her social media platforms and made the relationship public and further revealed that the couple were planning to marry soon.
The ‘Love-Jihad’ Controversy Erupts
After the announcement of their relationship, the public and the family of both the partners were supportive of their relationship. But Akhil Bhartiya Hindu Mahasabha, India’s right-wing outfit showed their issues publicly.
Soon, the couple’s relationship was termed as ‘love-jihad’, a term now popularized by the right-wing outfits which claim that Muslim men lure Hindu women and force them into conversion after their marriage.
Apparently, this didn’t dampen Tina and Athar’s relationship and Tina at one point was quoted saying-
“It is just that 5 per cent. 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.”
The Big Fat Indian Wedding
Amid all the encouragement and controversy, the couple decided to get married on April 7, 2018, two years after they made their relationship public. The couple got married under the lush Pahalgam sun with picturesque surroundings. The wedding became a high-profile affair as it attracted several senior diplomats, politicians and other dignitaries. As the couple were IAS toppers – their wedding was attended by Indian Vice President, Mr. M. Venkaiah Naidu.
The controversy continued with several right-wing fringe groups protesting against the union, and so did the encouragement of people on the other side of spectrum.
Congress senior leader Rahul Gandhi himself took to Twitter and claimed that the couple’s union was an “inspiration” in the day and time where “growing intolerance and communal hatred” was on rise.
Congratulations Tina Dabi & Athar Amir-ul-Shafi, IAS toppers, batch of 2015, on your wedding!
May your love grow from strength to strength and may you be an inspiration to all Indians in this age of growing intolerance and communal hatred.
God bless you.https://t.co/PPCOHotMFW
— Rahul Gandhi (@RahulGandhi) April 10, 2018
The Cracks in the Union, the Eventual Divorce
All seemed fine in the power couple’s relationship during the time they got married. However, news reports of troubles between the couple started making the rounds of the internet soon after the marriage. The first major crack in the relationship was apparent in 2020 when Tina removed the last name ‘Khan’ from her social media accounts.
Meanwhile it was also reported that Athar had unfollowed Tina on Instagram. Soon, the speculations were confirmed when Dabi and Khan took to the Jaipur family court and sought a divorce citing mutual consent.