Late Wajid Khan’s Wife Kamalrukh Reveals What Destroyed Their Marriage; Pens About Her Life In An Inter-Caste Marriage

Late Wajid Khan's wife Kamalrukh recently penned a lengthy note on social media talking about her experience in being an inter-caste marriage

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Late Wajid Khan’s Wife Kamalrukh Reveals What Destroyed Their Marriage; Pens About Her Life In An Inter-Caste Marriage
Singer-composer Wajid Khan of Sajid-Wajid duo passed away on June 1. Reportedly, he was suffering from kidney ailment. After months of his demise, his wife Wajid Khan Kamalrukh has penned a long note talking about being in an inter-caste marriage. Kamalrukh is Parsi by birth, and she married Wajid Khan, a Muslim. In her note, she has revealed the reason behind their separation. She has stated that her resistance to convert to Islam led to issues between the couple and family.

Kamalrukh Khan chose to speak on the topic of inter-caste marriage as the debate of the Anti-Conversion Bill has intensified. She started off by writing, "I am Parsi and he was Muslim. We were what you would call "college sweethearts". Eventually when we did get married, we married for love under the Special Marriages Act (an act that upholds the right to practice one's own religion post marriage). And this is why this current debate surrounding the anti conversion bill is so interesting for me. I want to share my ordeal and my experience in an inter caste marriage - that in this day and age, a woman can face such prejudice, suffering and discrimination in the name of religion is a complete shame...and an eye opener.”

Further, she explained that her resistance to convert to Islam led to differences between her and her husband. She wrote, "My simple parsi upbringing was very democratic in its value system. Independence of thought was encouraged and healthy debates were the norm. Education on all levels was encouraged. However, post marriage, this same independence, education and democratic value system was the biggest problem for my husband's family. An educated, thinking, independent woman with an opinion was just not acceptable. And resisting the pressures of conversion was sacrilege. I have always respected, participated and celebrated all faiths. But my resistance to convert to Islam drastically widened the divide between me and my husband, making it toxic enough to destroy our relationship as husband and wife, and his ability to be a present father to our kids. My dignity and self respect did not permit me to bend backwards for him and his family, by converting to Islam.” She even accused Wajid Khan's family of using scare tactics to get her to convert.

Kamalrukh Khan in the end penned that Wajid Khan was a very great singer-composer but she wished he had dedicated time to family. She even revealed that she is still being harassed by his family. Check out her post below. (Also Read: Radhe: Your Most Wanted Bhai To Be Wajid Khan's Last Bollywood Film As Sajid-Wajid Composed Two Songs For Salman Khan Starrer)

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