Communal tension that gripped Bisada village in Dadri in the wake of the lynching of Mohammad Ikhlaq finally gave way to peace and harmony with members of the two communities coming together to organise the wedding of two Muslim sisters.
Members of the Hindu community arranged lunch for the guests on Sunday in a bid to showcase the strength of the ties between the two groups.
The playground of a primary school in the village was decked up with tents and the area was used to serve food to the guests. The Hindu neighbours of the family were seen helping the brides’ father Muhammad Hakeemu in making the arrangements.
“I am getting all the support from the villagers. The village weddings are always a collective effort and my daughters’ wedding ceremonies are no different. My Hindu friends also came to the reception lunch to give their best wishes,” said Hakeemu, father of Zaitoon and Reshma.
Non-vegetarian food was kept off the lunch menu as the arrangements for food were made by Hindus. However, the fathers of both the grooms did not mind eating vegetarian food. “We are fully satisfied with the arrangements. We were welcomed by senior persons of both the communities. They are taking good care of us. What else would we want?” said Sanauwwar Khan, father of Nazim, one of grooms.
Hakeemu avoided playing loud music and dancing at the venue as a section of the villagers were mourning the death of Ikhlaq who was killed by a mob over rumours of cow slaughter on September 28. “I had invited over 1,000 guests, majority of whom were my Hindu friends from the village. They blessed the couple and gave them ‘shagun’ money,” he said.