Over 870 men, women tie the knot in Chhattisgarh mass marriage

March 1st, 2009 - 3:05 pm ICT by IANS  

Raipur, March 1 (IANS) Over 870 men and women got married within a short period of three hours at an interior village of Maoist-hit Dantewada district in Chhattisgarh, an official said Sunday.
In a mass marriage ceremony, 874 men and women of various religions, including eight Christian and three Muslim pairs, entered into matrimony Saturday at the Balud village, about 400 km from here.

The “kanya daan” was performed by Dantewada district collector S.P. Sori and the legislator from the Dantewada assembly constituency Bheema Mandawi. “Kanya daan” is a ritual performed by the bride’s father at a Hindu wedding wherein the daughter is handed over to the bridegroom.

“It was a rare mass marriage ceremony in the troubled area. People were enthusiastic and turned up in large numbers to see Hindu, Christian and Muslim men and women tying the knot as per their religious customs all at one place,” Sori told IANS.

He said the government and private steel firm Essar Steel provided household items of daily use such as kitchen utensils, and LPG stove and cylinders worth Rs.5,000 to each couple.

The mass marriage was organised under the Chhattisgarh government’s mass marriage scheme funded by the women and child development department. The scheme is meant for families living below the poverty line.

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