Pakistan Hindu Council arranged a mass wedding ceremony for 72 Hindu couples in Karachi
On Jan 9, Pakistan Hindu Council arranged a mass wedding ceremony, officiated by Mahraj Pandit Jai Kumar Trivedi, at the Railway Ground, Karachi where 72 underprivileged Hindu couples tied the knot.
The couples arrived in their wedding attire in the afternoon and sat in two long rows inside ‘mandaps.’ The model couple was to get married on the stage in front of the ‘mandap’, and the rest of the guests in their enclosures witnessed every step of the process on two large screens put on either side of the aisles.The majority of the couples had come from Sindh as well as from Tando Allahyar, Mithi, Mirpukhas, Hyderabad, and other places. There were also several Karachi residents.
A couple’s account:
One of the grooms, Vicky who worked as a sweeper with the Karachi Metropolitan Corporation stated in his interview with Dawn that he had been engaged to his fiance, Nandini, for three years, “I have been trying to save up ever since our engagement but it was not enough. Finally, we decided to get married in a mass wedding.”
Why it matters:
MNA Dr Ramesh Kumar Vankvani, who is also the patron-in-chief of the PHC, has been organizing mass weddings for poor Hindu couples who cannot afford a ceremony on their own for the past 14 years.