Aash, a voluntary group based in the city of Srinagar, will be organising a mass wedding in the state’s capital. The group had already organised a grand mass wedding at Khan Sahib, Budgam, in which almost 50 girls belonging to the economically backward families, got married.
It was in October 2018 that Aash run by Qurat-ul-Ain Masoodi organised a mass wedding. To continue this initiative, Qurat is planning another mass wedding for girls from poor economic backgrounds, who have crossed their marriageable age in Srinagar city.
Earlier on 15th July, a mass marriage ceremony of 105 people, was held in Srinagar for the first time in history. Couples hailing from various districts of the valley assembled at Amar Singh club Srinagar for their marriage and this mass marriage was conducted by the Jaffri council of Jammu and Kashmir. A report was published earlier in various newspapers stating that there were ten thousand girls in Srinagar, who had crossed the marriageable age. This survey denoted that nearly thirty five thousand women had crossed marriageable age in Kashmir. However, due to efforts on ground level, they organised awareness camps in the city. Over 12 couples who intend to tie the knot in a single wedding ceremony in Srinagar, have registered themselves with Aash. “There are boys who call me and say that they want to marry an orphan girl. This is very encouraging otherwise extravagant weddings have literally broken the back of the poor people who are not able to marry their daughters off,” says Qurat. “The date for the mass wedding has not been fixed as yet, because I want more couples who are not able to get married because of financial issues, to come forward and register themselves with Aash,” she added.