Marriages in a knot: Would-be brides dumping Kairana men over safety

  • S Raju, Meerut
  • Updated: Jun 19, 2016 08:03 IST
The alleged exodus in Kairana became a hot political issue and has brought the town into limelight for all the wrong reasons. (Virendra Singh Gosain/HT Photo)

The Kairana ‘exodus’ episode brings more bad news for those planning to tie the nuptial knot in the near future.

The political drama that followed BJP MP Hukum Singh’s claim of migration of Hindus from Kairana has instilled a sense of fear about the town in the minds of the people even from far off places. The town has been in news for all the wrong reasons, so much so that a young advocate’s marriage got called off because he belonged to Kairana.

While it became a hot political issue for political parties and their leaders, it also had a social impact on the lives of locals.

Advocate Shakti Singhal’s marriage was called off after the town came under spotlight over the alleged migration. His marriage was arranged with a girl in Roorkee in the first week of April. But Shakti told HT that the girl refused the proposal because of prevailing ‘goondaraj’ in the town.

This is the second time when the Singhal’s marriage has been called off due to deteriorated law and order and the vitiating atmosphere in the region. Shakti’s marriage was earlier fixed in 2013 but it was called off due to riots in Shamli and Muzaffarnagar in September 2013.

“The family called off the marriage because in Kairana, Muslims are in majority,” said Shakti, adding that it is unfortunate for the entire society which has been apparently divided on the lines of religion.

Sonu is an employee with an advocate. His marriage was called off because the girl’s family refused to send their daughter to Kairana. They suggested the boy to take house on rent outside Kairana. “It is unfortunate,” said Sonu.

Sanjay Rajput, president of Vyapaar Mandal, said the series of incidents are ‘unfortunate’ for both the city as well as the residents. He said that he has also come across similar incidents where marriages have been called off. 

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