Popular Punjabi film actor Dharmendra became a Muslim in 1979 when he married Bollywood actress Hema Malini. He was previously married to Prakash Kaur and fell in love with Hema Malini. The Hindu Marriage Act has a provision which states that he could not marry two women unless he divorced one of them. He was not ready to divorce his wife so he converted to Islam and also married Hema Malini.

Dharmendra has maintained two separate families and says he had no choice to convert into Islam. He was previously a Sikh man and reports have it that his Islamic name id Dilawar Khan.

The marriage occurred on 21 August 1979 in Bombay with full Islamic rites. The name of Dharamendra became Dilawar Khan Kewal Krishn.

“While filing his nomination papers as a BJP candidate before the returning officer, Dharmendra had written his name as Deol Dharmendra Kewal Krishn concealing his Muslim name Dilawar Khan and wrote the name of his first wife in the respective column. When his political rivals brought the issue to the notice of election authorities and the general public, he denied his conversion to Islam and change of name. But Delhi magazine Outlook published a photocopy of his Nikahnama (marriage document) which clearly said that Dilawar Khan Kewal Krishn (44 years) accepted Aisha Bi R. Chakravarty (29 years) as his wife on 21 August 1979 at a mehr of, Rs 111,000 in the presence of two legal witnesses…’ The nikah was solemnised by Maulana Qazi Abu Talha Misbahi Faizabadi.”

Two Congress leaders of Madhya Pradesh, Akhtar Baig and KK Mishra filed a lawsuit against him in Indore’s sessions court demanding rejection of his nomination papers on account of submission of false information and concealing his conversion to Islam and adoption of a Muslim name, demanding trial under section 420 of IPC.

Nikha Documents

According to Akhtar Baig and Congress leader from Rajasthan, Nawal Kishore Sharma, under Hindu Marriage Act, a Hindu cannot take a second wife if the first wife is still alive. However, he can marry for a second time if he has divorced his first wife or embraced Islam. ” News Agency Report Mili Gazette

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