KP family takes train from Jammu

Vishal Bharti
Jammu, Oct 4: After more than two decades, a family of displaced Kashmiri Hindus today left from here for the Kashmir valley for the marriage of their son, the function of which is to be held in Anantnag district of south Kashmir.
Susheel Dhar, son of Lakesh and Sumar Dhar, will tie the knot with his dream girl from Tickoo family tomorrow in Hugam area of Anantnag, Kashmir.
The family of the groom, after displacement from their homeland, settled in Jammu and are presently residing in Flat Number 70, Block 33, Lane 7, Jagati Township, Nagrota, Jammu.
Elated to participate in a baraat to be taken out in Kashmir valley after 25 years, the Kashmiri Pandit family has made elaborate arrangements for the marriage ceremony tomorrow.
“It is like returning home after so many years,” Lakesh Dhar, the groom’s father, told UNI here over telephone.
He said, “We do not care what others do and what is the present situation in Kashmir because of some of the people with vested interests but there are people still in our home town, who live in harmony and brotherhood.
“It was only due to a Muslim family, who was very close to us, that we agreed for the marriage of our son in Kashmir,” said Mr Dhar.
He said, “a good friend of mine from the Muslim family, expressed desire for my son to get married with a girl who belongs to late H N Tickoo’s family.
“The marriage was fixed and we agreed to go ahead to hold wedding with all the rituals,” Mr Dhar added and said decades-old brotherhood and harmony still prevails in the Kashmir valley.
“There are three families of Kashmiri Pandits living happily in Hugam presently including one where my son is getting married,” said Dhar.
The groom’s father appealed to the community to visit Kashmir to renew the bonds of friendship, brotherhood and affection.
“The baratis accompanying the groom after paying obeisance at a temple in Mattan tomorrow, will attend the marriage function to be held with fanfare and all customs,” he asserted.
Over 15,000 people, representing 4,224 Kashmiri Pandit families, are staying in Jagati Township.
“Kashmiri Pandits living in the Valley belong to us and if someone is getting married there or holding any function, it is good and appreciable,” Dr Ajay Chrungoo, chairman, Panun Kashmir, said.
He said, “we keep encouraging our community members living in Kashmir and they should not leave the place. They are part of the society and living peacefully with their Muslim brethren.” (UNI)