Mysuru: Ashitha, now Shaista got married to her childhood friend, Shakeel yesterday amidst opposition and threats from pro-Hindu activists.
The families of the girl and the boy hail from Mandya. The couple looked happy at the grand reception held under tight police security at Taj Convention hall near Bannimantap in Mysuru yesterday evening. It was not just a marriage ceremony but a union of two communities, as friends and relatives of both the families dressed in their traditional attires greeted the newlywed couple.
The bride, Shaista was dressed in Muslim style. Vegetarian and non-vegetarian dishes were served as the gathering was from both the religions.
Shaista’s father, Dr. Narendra Babu told that he feels very happy for his daughter’s marriage. Poets and Progressive writers including Prof. K.S. Bhagwan, Gowri Lankesh, social activists including Vimala of Janavadi Mahila Sangh and others lined up to extend their support for the wedding.
The guests were more than 2000. Mr. Rajendraprasad, SP of Intelligence Dept. and Mr. Umesh Ganapathi Sait, DCP NR constituency monitored security arrangements.
Shaista took MBA degree in HR from England whereas Shakeel, a son of a rice and jaggery merchant, Muktar, a resident of Gandhi Nagar in Mandya completed MBA in Marketing. He take cares of his father’s business affairs.
Dr. Narendra Babu and Mukther are friends for the past fifty years. Shakeel and Shaista are childhood friends. They studied together for MBA from Puna University.