From Our Correspondent
Silchar, Jan 31: 34 couples to tie their nuptial knots in a mass wedding ceremony or ‘ga-bibaha’ organized by the Silchar chapter of Lions Club and Lioness Club. It will be the 13th edition of such mass wedding, a sigture project of Lions Club of this town which earned laurels from the civil society. The ceremonial mass wedding will held at Normal School ground, opposite Lions Eye Hospital at Park Road, on February 5, where the couples will tie the knot amid Vedic hymns and other rituals. Different social organizations and some individuals also offer either some items or fincial help to the couples who are from fincially weaker section of the society.
Lion Amar th Khandelwal, project chairman, said at a press-meet held here today that the main motive behind organizing such ceremony is 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 since its inception in the year 2004 till this date, 260 couples have been a part of a ceremony of this kind.
Last year, 31 couples tied their knots at a similar mass wedding ceremony organized by the Club. After all the ceremony, a cultural show for the newly–wed couples will be held for their entertainment. 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. Among others present at the press-briefing included Dilip Kumar Kar, president, Pravashis Roy, secretary, joint directors of the ceremony, Raju Choudhury and Arindam Bhattacharjee. The president and the secretary have sought the help and cooperation of the people in general to make the event with a difference a success.