Fifteen young couples from the city will be felicitated by the Mumbai police at the Patkar Hall in SNDT University campus, Churchgate, in a first-of-its-kind function on Friday.
This will be in recognition of their resolve to remain together despite serious differences that would have led to their estrangement.
“Those are among 425 couples who decided to reconcile even after filing papers for separation [divorce] last year,” deputy commissioner of police (DCP), enforcement, BG Shekhar said.
The couples will be presented citations and wall clocks with the Mumbai police’s logo embossed on them on the sidelines of the function, tiled “Samvaad Tuja Maja” (dialogue between you and me) by union minister for Woman and Child welfare Varsha Gaikwad and state home minister RR Patil.
The event speaks of the success of a concerted effort made by the Social Service Branch (SSB) of Mumbai police in bringing thousands of couples to negotiating tables, last year.
Through its three counselling centres—Chembur, Santacruz and Crawford market (police commissioner office compound)—a team of 10 officers and women police constables, the police played the role of negotiators and peace makers in saving marriages.