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105 couples enter wedlock at mass marriage in Srinagar

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Srinagar, Jul 15: As many as 105 couples tied the nuptial knot in a simple function in Amar Singh Club here Sunday.

The mass marriage was arranged by the Jaffri Council of Jammu and Kashmir, which has been arranging such marriages since the year 2015.

“This is the biggest mass marriage we have undertaken thus far,” Ghulam Rasool Chakan, the general secretary of Council said

Chakan said it was for the first time in 2015 when the Council married off 38 couples from deserving categories of the society. “In 2016, we helped 70 couples get marry in a joint function and in 2017, the number rose to 75,” he said. “So far, the 2018 function is the biggest such exercise.”

In Sunday’s mass marriage, 38 couples were from Budgam, 34 from Bandipore, two each from Srinagar and Ganderbal and 29 from Baramulla district.

“Today we married off young people from Uri, Sumbal, Pattan, Beerwa, Budgam, Khan Sahab, Baramulla and some were even from Srinagar,” Chakan said.

He said the Council has its office in Khomanie Chowk in Bemina. “Couples come and register with us and for a proof we seek their details and verify to check if they deserve help,” Chakan said. “We visit their homes and recheck the details they submit.”

Chakan said they have a number of donors, who do not wish to be identified, and it is with their financial help that we have been carrying out this annual exercise.

“We give some basic items to the marrying couples after the ceremony is over,” Chakan said. “This year, we are giving as many as 41 items to these new families as the basic support from the Council.”

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