LUCKNOW: As many as 34 couples sat decked up in red suits, marigold garlands and king-size headgear to tie the knot at a mass ceremony organised by Lucknow Municipal Corporation (LMC) in collaboration with social welfare department under chief minister’s samuhik vivah scheme (mass wedding ceremony scheme) at Kalyan Mandap in Aurangabad on Friday.
Of 34 couples, 24 were from scheduled castes followed by two from backward castes and four each from general and minorities categories. All couples have common stories because their parents were very poor and could not afford their marriage expenses. Some were beggars while others were labourers.
For example, Rajesh Verma (26) and Neha Gupta (22), both residents of Aminabad, met five years ago during Durga puja organised in their colony. They wanted to marry for the past four years but their family conditions were not good.
Mayor Sanyukta Bhaita gifted anklets to the newly-wed women. Under the scheme, the state government also provided them Rs 35,000 in the bride’s bank account.





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