Muslims gather in a Hindu wedding in Jammu and Kashmir

Written by: Abdul Nisar
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Srinagar, Oct.10 (ANI): Muslim guests gathered in large numbers to attend a Hindu wedding in Hunamanpura village in Jammu and Kashmir's Anantnag district.

The guests who came to bless the couple were welcomed with open arms as people from both the communities together conducted the marriage ceremony on Saturday.

Muslim guests joined in the traditional songs and dances and marriage rituals and joined for meals.

"There is no difference whether we are Muslims or Hindus. Everybody came for the marriage. Many people came and danced and enjoyed a lot and we didn't feel that there is militancy here," said Kiran Pandita, sister of the bride.

"We have been living here and didn't feel any problem or change in attitude and Muslim people helped us a lot and they came to our place to enjoy the wedding," she added.

Mohammad Ashraf, a Muslim neighbour, said that we don't treat people as Hindu and Muslim; we live with brotherhood and peace.

"We don't think that they are Hindu or we are Muslim. Like a brother performs all ritual in his sister's marriage, the same way we are performing those rituals. We don't treat each other as Hindus or Muslims," said Ashraf.

"Their presence makes us feel good and all we want to say is that all Pandits who are staying outside should come to Kashmir because that is what makes the garden full of flowers," he added. By Parvez Butt (ANI)

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