When Heloisa Miranda Silva came all the way from Brazil to marry her love from Jodhpur in Rajasthan last year, little did she realize getting hitched with him will be a long-drawn struggle. Silva, an architect, met software engineer Nitesh Jain on Facebook about a year-and-a-half ago. Soon their friendship turned into love and the two decided to tie the knot.
Armed with a no-objection certificate from her father in Brazil, she came to India in November last year to marry Nitesh. But when the two applied for marriage in the district collectorate, it set off series of complicated official procedures as to be bride is a foreigner, forcing Silva to seek the intervention of external affairs minister Sushma Swaraj. Swaraj, who has earned praise for helping Indians abroad, did not disappoint the Brazilian either.
Her ministry directed the collectorate office to process the marriage application, following which the much-awaited Interracial wedding was finally solemnized at a local Arya Samaj temple in Jodhpur on Thursday, June 08, 2017.
As per the rules, Jodhpur district collector Ravikumar Surpur send the application to marriage registration office in Brazil, where Silva is native. After getting a nod from Brazil, the marriage, the marriage got registered in India. According to Brazilian law, the local marriage officer has to vet that the girl is mature. She also needs to get a no-objection certificate from the Brazilian embassy in New Delhi.