56 Hindu couples marry in KarachiBy Awais Saleem, IANS
Sunday, November 21, 2010
ISLAMABAD - Amid traditional songs and dances, 56 Hindu couples got married Saturday night at a glittering mass wedding in Karachi organised by the Pakistan-Hindu Council.
The couples belonged to Karachi as well as the interior parts of Sindh where there is a sizeable Hindu population.
As many as 31 couples from Karachi and 25 from Sindh province entered into wedlock. The event continued till early Sunday.
The Council set up separate mandaps for each wedding, where the couples took sacred marriage vows in front of the holy fire.
Each couple was given gifts to start their new life, the council said in a statement.
Eminent Pakistani social activist Abdul Sattar Edhi congratulated the council for conducting the wedding and gave away Rs.5,000 to each couple.
Hindus form 1.6 percent of Pakistan’s 160 million people.
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