A man from Rohtak, Niranjan Kashyap, married a Mexican national named Dana under the Special Marriages Act on April 13 during the Coronavirus lockdown.
ANI reports that the couple met on a language learning app and fell in love before deciding to get married. Dana and her mother arrived in the country on February 11 and applied for a marriage license under the Special Marriages Act soon after. It comes with a notice period of 30 days.
The period ended on March 18 but the two couldn't marry because the country went into a nationwide lockdown on March 25 to contain the spread of the virus.
Dana and Niranjan then approached the District Collector for help who then conducted their wedding.
Haryana: Niranjan Kashyap from Rohtak married Dana, a Mexican national on April 13 under the Special Marriage Act amid #CoronavirusLockdown. Niranjan says, "We met through a language learning app. Dana&her mother came to India on 11th February for the wedding." pic.twitter.com/Q9QKjMsDTH — ANI (@ANI) April 15, 2020
What should have been a celebration of love in the times of coronavirus was mocked and made fun of on social media. In fact, several netizens left rather sexist comments on the photos uploaded by ANI. While some commented on how "young" Dana's mother looked, some asked if she was single. As a matter of fact, a few men jokingly asked if the language learning app in question was Tinder. Instead of congratulating the couple for their nuptials, Twitterati dropped sleazy comments about Dana and her mother and commented on the couple's wedding night. But we're not even surprised, to be honest.
Suhagraat mein toh abhi phir bhi social distancing rakhni hi padegi 😂 — IRONY MAN (@karanku100) April 15, 2020
Dana's mother looks the same age as Dana. Is she single? — Darshan Pathak (@darshanpathak) April 15, 2020
Language learning app download button gonna crash in play store! 😂 — Piyu Nair (Isolated-a hand away) 👩⚕️ 🇮🇳 (@Piyu_Nair) April 15, 2020
Arey mast lottery laga — भगवा धारी (@bhagwadharii) April 15, 2020
समधी जी #SocialDistancing का पूरी तरह से पालन कर रहे है.😂 pic.twitter.com/v3FsYAKMoZ — $hobhiT βajpai (@ShobhitCivil) April 15, 2020
Bhai App bata de Me abhi install krta hu — Amit Kumar Sindhi 🇮🇳 (@AMIT_GUJJU) April 15, 2020
Bakra fasa liya Mexican ne 😀.. Ab Indian citizenship legi ye or fir rafa dafa — Prashant (@PrashantSainii) April 15, 2020