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The court opened up to register the wedding of a Haryanavi man with a Mexican girl under the Special Marriage Act as both could not tie the knot due to the lockdown. Also Read - In a First, Gujarat High Court Holds Live Streaming of Court Proceedings on YouTube
It was in 2017 that Niranjan Kashyap and Dana Joheri Oliveros Cruise, first met on a language learning app and got engaged the very next year. Also Read - This State Shuts Reopened Schools to Observe 'COVID-19 no Tolerance Fortnight' | Read Details
After two years of being engaged, the couple applied to get married under the Special Marriage Act on February 17.
“We met on a language learning app. In 2017, she came to India on my birthday. Then this February 11, Dana and her mother came to India for the wedding. On February 17, we applied for marriage under the Special Marriage Act which has a 30-day notice,” Kashyap said.
The 30-day notice ended on March 18 but by then the lockdown began so they could not get married. The couple then submitted an application to District Collector after which he agreed to conduct their wedding.
Kashyap said that Dana had booked a flight back to Mexico on March 24 but with the lockdown being extended till May 3, she has now rescheduled her flight to May 5.