From Our Correspondent
SILCHAR, January 18: Thirty–one couples tied their conjugal knots in a mass wedding ceremony or ga bibaha organized by the Silchar chapters of Lions Club and Lioness Club today. It was the 11th edition of such mass wedding, a sigture project of Lions Club in Silchar, which earned laurels from various quarters.
The ceremonial mass wedding was held at Normal School ground, opposite Lions Eye Hospital at Park Road, where the twenty one couples tied the knot amid Vedic hymns and other rituals. Out of these 31 couples, maximum were from tea garden community. It was also the occasion to hand over some essential items to the newly married couples. Besides, the Club has given away Rs 5,000 as fixed deposit to the couples. Different social organizations and some individuals also offered either some items or fincial help to the couples who were from fincially weaker section of the society.
Dilip Paul, Silchar MLA, was also present on the occasion along with other eminent persolities. While wishing the couple a happy married life, he lauded the venture of the Lions Club which he termed as a remarkable one.
Lion Amar th Khandelwal, project chairman, said the main motive behind organizing such ceremony was to extend help to the people belonging to fincially weaker sections of the society. He expressed his gratitude to different organizations and individuals for extending their help and co–operation to make the event successful. He said that Agarwal Seva Samiti and Sree Jain Khetambar Mahila Mondol also extended their support to the mass wedding.
It is to be recollected that in the last eleven years, the club arranged marriage for around 198 couples. Last year, 21 couples tied the nuptial knots at a similar mass wedding ceremony or ga bibaha organized by the Club.
After all the ceremony, a cultural show for the newly–wed couples was held for their entertainment. Sathi Bhattacharjee compered the cultural programme.
In the event of any problem among the couples after solemnization, it has to be solved within the family and this is one of the conditions laid down before entertaining the applications filled up by the couples in presence of their guardians, said Amarth Khandelwal. He, however, regretted that there is no response to their “mass–marriage” from the urban areas.