Over 70 Hindu couples wed in mass wedding in Pakistan
Karachi, Jan 10 (PTI) Dressed in colorful clothes and carrying traditional handmade garlands, more than 70 Hindu couples got married in a mass wedding ceremony here in Pakistan’s biggest city, according to media reports Monday.
The mass wedding was organized by the Pakistan Hindu Council (PHC) and took place on Sunday at the Railway Ground located on II Chundrigar Road.
Every year for the past 14 years, MP Ramesh Kumar Vankvani, who is also the chief patron of the PHC, has organized mass weddings for poor Hindu families who cannot afford to marry off their children.
The first mass wedding, held in 2008, saw 35 Hindu couples marry at the same time. This number has increased over the years.
“This year, due to security measures related to the coronavirus pandemic, we only invited half of them to the ceremony,” Vankvani said, adding that it was a cultural activity. for the Hindu community.
“The event also sends the message to the world that our minority communities are completely free to organize their social events in accordance with their religion,” he told The News International newspaper.
As many as 72 Hindu couples got married in the mass wedding ceremony. Most of the couples had traveled from Sindh and were accompanied by parents, relatives and friends, the Dawn newspaper reported.
“I work as a packer in a mobile phone company in Korangi. If I had been left to myself, I would have had to wait several more years to save and get married,” said Laxman, who married Mehek .
Vickey and Nandni belonged to Ibrahim Hyderi. Vicky said he worked as a sweeper at the Karachi Metropolitan Corporation.
“We have been engaged for three years. I tried to save up since our engagement but it wasn’t enough. Eventually we decided to get married in a mass wedding,” Vicky told The Dawn.
Nandni’s mother had her youngest child, Krishan, five months old, on her lap. Her eyes watered when someone said the bride was going to miss her little brother, according to the report.
“But that’s life. Girls have to leave their parents’ house. I’m going to miss my daughter too, we all will,” she said.
After the wedding, each couple received pure silver jewelry, dishes, pots and utensils, and a check to help them start their new lives.
Politician Mangla Sharma and several champions of interfaith harmony and minority rights graced the occasion.
There are 4.4 million Hindus in Pakistan, or 2.14% of the total population, according to the 2017 Pakistani census, although the Pakistan Hindu Council says there are around 8 million in the country. PTI MRJ AKJ MRJ