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44 Muslim couples tie knot at Gwalior mass marriage

Forty-four Muslim couples, belonging to poor families, tied the nuptial knot at a mass marriage here.

Gwalior, May 7 : Forty-four Muslim couples, belonging to poor families, tied the nuptial knot at a mass marriage here.

Organised by an Islamic charity organisation, the marriages were conducted as per Islamic rituals in a huge makeshift hall.

The grooms were dressed in white and wearing elaborately decorated bright saffron turbans arrived at the venue riding horses accompanied by their relatives and friends.

Rubina Khan, a bride, said such mass marriages should be encouraged.

"My parents are poor and could not afford to marry me off. I think, it is great I was married in this manner. I think everyone should get married in this manner. It does away with a lot of evils," Khan said.

The ceremony saw brides and grooms, not only from Madhya Pradesh, but also from Uttar Pradesh and Rajasthan.Salim Khan, a bridegroom from Jaipur, said such events allow the poor to save on otherwise expensive wedding expenditures."I came from Rajasthan. I have come here because I am economically weak and this way I can do away with a lot of wasteful expenditures and it would be great if more people got married at such mass marriages," he said.

Ismail Pathan, organiser of mass marriages, said such ceremonies arerganised to help the financially backward."In the country, the poor, who cannot afford lavish ceremonies, mortgage their properties to keep up with their traditions and they then have to spend the rest of their lives paying for it. And so, we are organising such mass marriages so as to provide them with a cheaper alternative," he said.Group marriages are becoming popular, especially among the economically backward sections of society, as it eases the financial burden associated with organising marriages.


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