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New Delhi, Thursday, February 13, 2014

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SAVING CUPID

Namya Sinha n

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AGENDA

CULTURAL

his a month of love and also a month to stop and ponder — just how free we are to express the most basic human tendency — to love and be loved. To love unabashedly and be rest assured that one will not be penalised for l­ oving someone outside one’s cast, creed and community, is a privilege, only few can afford. For the rest, who have to fight it out with one’s ­family and clan, there is Love Commando, a voluntary ­organisation, founded in 2010, to aid couples in d ­ istress. The organisation, that ­comprises of journalists, social workers and lawyers have come to the rescue of

close to 23,000 couples. Their work includes counseling couples, getting them ­(especially those who elope) married and p ­ roviding safe houses to those who are at a risk of honour killing. “We are very particular

While you’re making V-Day plans, a bunch of young lovers, under threat, are being ­protected by angels turned ‘commandos’ in the Capital’s non-descript lanes about who we help. If it is a case of lust then we don’t bother. Our first step is to get them married as we have to ensure the girl’s social ­security,” says Sanjoy Sachdev, chairman, Love Commandos.

We spend on their food, shelter and ­medical emergencies. There have been cases where the couple had nothing but it was a genuine case, so we had to bear the wedding expenses

— Sanjoy Sachdev, chairman, Love Commandos

QUIRKY ART

The marriage is typically solemnised in an Arya Samaj temple and then registered in the court. The couples only have to pay for their m ­ arriage expenses, legal ­procedures and special ­protection. “We spend on their food, shelter and medical ­emergencies. There have been cases where the couple had nothing but it was a genuine case, so we had to bear the wedding expenses as well,” says Sachdev. There are seven safe houses across Delhi and NCR. The group is also running 200 makeshift ­shelters across the country, run by couples who were previously helped by Love Commandos. These safe homes are ­typically across a dozen ­narrow alleys and house ­multiple couples at a

Artist Puneet Kaushik presents a ­collection of his works from 1998 to 2014, a period when installations were his focus. His installations are three dimensional sculptures that negate ­normative definition. The works are either crocheted or woven with very fine steel wire mesh and sometimes latex rubber and fur. On till March 31 at Vis A Vis gallery, DLF Chattarpur farms.

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Scenes from the secret love shelter

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dilse time. “There have been instances that we have had 16 couples in one safe house. The c­ ouples do not get rooms to each other because we cannot afford this luxury. They all sleep in the same room. More than privacy, one is ­concerned about their life,” says Sachdev. We came across two

c­ ouples with a typical story of inter-religion love and ­economic disparity. “These couples will have to start their lives from the scratch. Theirs is a volatile and ­sensitive situation. We are also trying to manage things with the police,” says Sachdev.   Helpline numbers –  9313784375/9313550006

ON HER OWN

Artist Neha Talwar has displayed her work such as figures, flowers and women on printed-paper and canvas. The most intriguing feature of her paintings is her choice of fabric for preparing the pictorial surfaces. She chooses a ­particular cloth or a series of cloths from different textile shops, where fabric is sold in bulk. On till March 5 at Triveni Kala Sangam; Timings: 11am - 7pm.

Auto girl, hi miss hows u. U board auto from seelumpur on 31 Jan in evening around 7 pm... u wore a suit and a pink dupatta on ur face. I was sitting infront of u... we had eye contacts many times.. n ur eyes were looking stunning. I really wanna talk to u.. wanna know u. Vivek Kumar Hi Sarita, read ur message in dil se. I liked it a lot. Atleast there’s a girl who wants true love not anything else. I want to hold your hand forever. I promise I will never hurt u, cheat u and will always love u more than myself... I’m tired of being single n also need someone who will stay true n loyal with me...

Let’s start with friendship n let this relation grow further..  Rahul Hey Shrasti Faujdar, you r d sweetest girl in d universe. I love u so much plz respond to me janu my love I can’t live without you my sweet heart lov u baby.  aashik (the guy who sees u) Dear Sanskriti, aap mujhe bahut achi lagti ho, u r so sweet... Simple... Preety... I love u so much... But I don’t tell to u these words.. Jitender

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