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Indian-origin couple awarded for being New Zealand’s longest-married couple

Jeram Ravji and Ganga Ravji will turn 100 in May and June respectively and will celebrate their 81st wedding anniversary in two months

Auckland, Feb 17 (UITV)- An Indian-origin couple, married for nearly 81 years, was awarded for being New Zealand’s longest-married couple by a Christian group.

Auckland couple Jeram Ravji and Ganga Ravji, who have taken part in India’s freedom struggle, will turn 100 in May and June respectively.

Ganga said her husband was imprisoned for 10 months after joining Mahatma Gandhi’s freedom struggle and fighting against the rule of the British government. She was often beaten up by police during her husband’s time as a freedom fighter to try to get information from her about her husband, she said.

The Ravjis said they love each other just as much now as they always have. Ganga said that the key to good marriage was to learn to make sacrifices and to take the good with the bad.

The couple will celebrate their 81st wedding anniversary in two months. Jeram and Ganga were born in India on May 4, 1916 and June 4, 1916 respectively.

“Although we can only go on the nominations made, we are pretty sure that the Ravjis are New Zealand’s longest-married couple. As part of their award from Family First New Zealand, they will have a professional photo sitting with their extended family which includes 6 children, 15 grandchildren and 25 great-grandchildren all living in Auckland,” Family First New Zealand Director Bob McCoskrie said.