By Darren Smith, Weekend Contributor
Founded in 2010, a non-profit organization in India has garnered much success—it claims thirty thousand persons—who are sheltered or provided opportunities to pursue their right to marry the person of their own choosing despite pressure and even threats of violence against them.
Love Commandos offers a help line service where verified callers can receive immediate assistance to relocate and receive social benefits on building a future of their own choosing.
The organization operates mostly out of Delhi but has regional centers of varying sizes throughout India. It offers to provide protection, including guards, to dissuade often times angry parents, relatives, or police from harassing and assaulting these couples who have married against the wishes of their home environment. Marital choice against the wishes of others continues to be problematic despite assurances from elected officials made to the outside world that progress is being made.
Sanjoy Sachdev, Chairman of Love Commandoes in an interview stated:
“We want lovers to unite no matter which caste, community, religion or place they come from. There should be a society where love prevails over everything.
Our organization started on July 2010 after we helped a couple in Delhi to unite after the boy was falsely charged by the girl’s family and had registered a police case against him. There are police cases lodged against many people whom we are helping and there are several groups who do not want us to continue with our activity.
If a couple needs assistance at place other than Delhi or NCR, we set up a shelter home nearby that area till the time we rehabilitate them.
It is becoming very difficult to operate with the soaring price of food, water, electricity, etc. We receive donations from people. Even legendary tennis player Bjorn Borg had donated to us twice.”
Despite the difficulties Love Commandos faces in providing these essential and morally courageous services, it continues to promote marriage equality and for couples to thrive in a new life.
16×9 News provides an closer insight into Love Commandos via YouTube
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By Darren Smith
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