27 riot-hit couples tie knot in Muzaffarnagar
The riot-hit victims in Muzaffarnagar district of Uttar Pradesh had a reason to rejoice, when a mass-marriage of 27 Muslim couples was solemnised in presence of a huge number of local residents.
The ‘Nikah’ were performed by Jamiyat Ulema Hind under the presence of its president Arshad Madni.
The riot-affected victims had recently alleged that the communal violence had marred the wedding preparations of their daughters. Some of them even complained that all the household items were either vandalised or gutted in fire during the violence.
Jamiyat Ulema Hind stepped forward for the cause and conducted the massmarriage.
A large pandal was set-up at the residence of one Haji Balla Kurehu at Kasavan locality, where the ceremony was performed. Haji had given refuge to many families in his village. Some villagers also contributed for the feast that preceded marriage function.
On 7 September, communal violence had gripped the district, following an eve-teasing incident. At least 49 people had died, while 62 others were left wounded.
Meanwhile, a number of families of are still waiting for information regarding their near-ones, who went missing after 7 September. Ironically, police claim that only a few people are missing. The worried families alleged that they were visiting police stations on daily basis, but the police turned a deaf ear to their complaints.