Marriages, examinations affected by undeclared curfew in Kashmir

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Srinagar, Nov 7 (UNI) Undeclared curfew in the summer capital, and other parts of the Kashmir valley has affected marriage ceremonies and examinations of different classes.

''We are waiting for guests as only few have arrived till this afternoon,'' said Abdul Rashid, whose daughter had to get married this evening at Lal Bazar in the outskirts of the city.

He said only four guests would accompany the marriage procession, but he had invited about five hundred people, mostly from the city and some south Kashmir areas.

''We had the impression that after yesterday, things would be normal today,'' he said, adding undeclared curfew has badly affected the wedding.

Mr Rashid said they were receiving hundreds of telephone calls from relatives and friends who were expressing their inability to attend the function in view of the curfew.

He said they were not being allowed to move out of their houses.

More than 500 marriages were to take place yesterday and today, particularly in the rural areas in the Valley as people in these areas conduct such functions in winter when there is no farming season.

However, because of dry weather, people in the city also conduct marriage ceremonies during this period of the year.

Parents of students appearing in the 9th class examination were also worried as no announcement was made by the School Board of Education regarding postponement of examination scheduled for today.

We have been trying to leave our Zadibal house since morning as our daughter had to appear for the 9th class examination but each time we were stopped by security forces, said Abdul Aziz.

He said nobody is picking up the phone in the board office.

Similar complaints were also received from other parents also.

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