The Navi Mumbai police ground at CBD Belapur was decked up like never before on Sunday as 19 police personnel got married in a mass marriage ceremony. Organised by the Navi Mumbai police, the weddings included inter-caste and inter-religious marriages.
The auspicious occasion of Akshay Trithiya witnessed the first ever such programme organised by the police department in the country claimed the police. State Home minister RR Patil and minister Ganesh Naik along with MLA Sandeep Naik, MLC Manda Mhatre, Navi Mumbai Mayor Sagar Naik and Municipal Commissioner Vijay Nahata were present on the occasion.
The police ground was lit-up and decorated with lights. There were fireworks and music as the wedding rituals were completed in the evening at around 7.30 pm. Maulanas, Banthes and Pandits were all present and conducted the marriages as per the respective rituals.
Everyone from the Police Commissioner Gulabrao Pol, the Deputy Commissioners and the police officers were dressed in traditional attire complete with turbans.
The 19 couples included 6 women constables, and 12 men constables. Anil Suryavanshi (27), a constable who married Nazia Shaikh (23), said: “This mass marriage is a good idea.”
Nazia said, “I am really happy. Our parents have given us permission for this marriage.”
Police commissioner Gulabrao Pol aid, “Our personnel had been very busy in the past few months due to the elections and the Indian Premier League matches. Nobody was allowed to go on leave even to get married.”
Pol also said, “Therefore, we decided to take up the responsibility. We received good support from minister Ganesh Naik and several other eminent citizens of Navi Mumbai to make this possible.” The police gave every bride a mangalsutra among other gifts. Congratulating the police, Ganesh Naik said, “I hope that such a noble programme is organised on a regular basis.”
RR Patil said, “In the age of dowry and huge marriage expenses, such efforts are indeed laudable. “It is great that our personnel are having inter-caste and inter-religious marriages. This will ensure a secular force.”
He added: “We shall soon formulate a policy to promote such inter-caste and inter-religious marriages.”