Last month, Kamalrukh Khan, wife of late music composer Wajid Khan, had opened up about her alleged ordeal within her inter-caste marriage. She claimed her in-laws used scare tactics to force her into conversion which included taking her to court seeking divorce. She has once again opened up about what had happened between her and Wajid.
While speaking to YouTuber Ujjawal Trivedi, Kamalrukh said that her divorce with Wajid was never finalised since her husband was upset and remorseful over everything that had happened between them. The two had been living separately since 2014.
“Wajid Khan was a wonderful man, a talented musician, but if there was one flaw in him, it was this: he wasn’t strong-minded. He could be easily influenced, especially in matters of faith. We used to fight about this, even after we had two kids. This was the narrative, day in and day out. The last straw was when he threatened to divorce me if I didn’t convert. This was in 2014,” Kamalrukh said.
She said further, “Wajid Khan used to leave and stay at his mother’s house, sometimes for months on end. When he threatened to divorce me, I said ‘fine, let’s go ahead’. Even in court, I made my case about being under pressure to convert. His career was at stake, which is why this never came out in the public, but this had been going on since 2014.”
Music composer Wajid Khan passed away on 1 June this year. Almost six months after his death, his wife Kamalrukh had taken to social media to open up about her bitter experience with her inter-caste marriage. She had revealed, in an Instagram post, how, till now after Wajid’s death, her in-laws allegedly continue to harass her due to her resistance to convert to Islam, which also destroyed her relationship with her husband when he was alive.
“I stand fighting for the rights and inheritance of my children which have been usurped by them. All this because of their hatred against me for not converting to Islam. Such a deep rooted hatred that even the death of a loved one could not move. I truly wish this anti-conversion law is nationalised, reducing the struggle for women like me who are fighting the toxicity of religion in inter caste marriages,” Kamalrukh had written in her unverified Instagram account post.