Indian Administrative Service (IAS) officer couple Tina Dabi and Athar Aamir-ul-Shafi Khan are now officially divorced after a court order in Jaipur. They announced their separation in November 2020. The famous couple made headlines in 2016 when they announced their relationship and has remained in the news ever since for a variety of reasons.
Tina Dabi and Athar Aamir Khan hit the headlines in 2016 with the Announcement of the results of the civil service examination for the class of 2015. Tina Dabi had dominated the Civil Service Review conducted by the Union Civil Service Commission (UPSC).
Tina Dabi became the first person from the Dalit community to win the prestigious civil service exam. Athar Aamir Khan came second in the entire India exam after Tina Dabi.
While this was Tina Dabi’s first attempt at a civil service review, Athar Aamir Khan, from the Kashmir Valley, was already a qualified civil servant who had been selected for Allied services the year before.
Tina Dabi and Athar Aamir Khan first met in 2016. (Photo: Facebook)
His second rank was hailed as a fulfilling dream for Kashmiri youth in traditional national services. They met for the first time during their training at IAS and became a pair.
Tina Dabi and Athar Aamir Khan are the IAS officers belonging to the Rajasthan cadre and were originally posted to Jaipur. Later, Tina Dabi was assigned to Sri Ganganagar as CEO of Zila Parishad.
Currently, Tina Dabi is Co-Secretary of Finance (Taxation) of the Government of Rajasthan. Athar Aamir Khan is assigned to Srinagar as commissioner of the Srinagar Municipal Corporation.
Tina Dabi and Athar Aamir Khan met for the first time at the National Academy of Administration Lal Bahadur Shastri in Mussoorie in a congratulatory ceremony in 2016. At the time, they were undergoing training for IAS.
“We met in the morning and in the evening Aamir was at my door. Uske liye pehli nazar mein pyaar ho gaya (For him, it was love at first sight),” said Tina Dabi.
Tina Dabi’s Facebook post where she made public her relationship with Athar Aamir Khan. (Source: Facebook)
In November 2016, Tina Dabi went public with her relationship with Athar Aamir Khan via a social media post. The couple have revealed their intention to tie the knot soon.
While the couple’s parents were supportive, the company was not. A few days after the couple left their relationship, held straight Akhil Bhartiya Hindu Mahasabha opposed their union, calling it a “love jihad”.
However, it didn’t spoil their relationship. “It’s just 5 percent. The majority are very happy. You would have seen on my Facebook timeline that most of the comments are encouraging. In fact, I’m overwhelmed with the messages of support and congratulations,” Tina said. Dabi.
A HIGH-END WEDDING
Two years after making their relationship public, Tina Dabi and Athar Aamir Khan got married on April 7, 2018 in Pahalgam, Jammu and Kashmir. The wedding was a high profile ceremony attended by several senior politicians, bureaucrats and dignitaries, including Vice President Mr. Venkaiah Naidu.
Tina Dabi and Athar Aamir Khan tied the knot on April 7, 2018 (Photo: Instagram)
Despite protests from marginal groups, the marriage was hailed in the media as an example of “community harmony”. Rahul Gandhi, then President of Congress, wished the IAS couple on Twitter, saying their marriage was an inspiration in “this era of growing intolerance and community hatred.”
At the time of their marriage, Tina Dabi and Athar Aamir Khan were stationed in Jaipur.
TINA DABI DROP KHAN
The problems started in their marriage quite early. This was made public in 2020, when Tina Dabi removed “Khan” from her last name from her display name on social media accounts. Around the same time, Athar Aamir Khan had ditched her on Instagram, a popular social media platform for sharing photos.
Eventually the couple decided to stop and filed for divorce with mutual consent in a family court in Jaipur in November 2020. Their the divorce was pronounced on August 10, 2021.
On Tuesday, Tina Dabi shared a post on her Instagram account, saying, “People are going to talk about you no matter what you do. So you might as well do what brings you joy and live your best life.”
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