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101 poor couples tie the knot at mass wedding function

Amarinder asks the newly-weds to fight female foeticide.

Written by Express News Service | Chandigarh |
May 2, 2011 3:05:07 am

Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee (PPCC) president and former Chief Minister Capt Amarinder Singh on Sunday gave a clarion call to end female foeticide in the state.

He said this while addressing 101 newlywed couples,their parents and other guests at a function organised by local Congress MLA Balbir Sidhu at Dussehra Ground in Mohali Phase VIII. The function was held to solemnise the marriages of the daughters of 101 poor labourers drawn from across the state. It also marked May Day celebrations.

While presenting shagun to the couples,Amarinder sought a pledge from them to fight the curse of female foeticide. He pointed out that female foeticide was the worst problem being faced by the state and asked the young couples to spread the message.

The PPCC chief appreciated Sidhu’s efforts to send a clear message that people must not consider their daughters as a burden. “Daughters are an asset and any family is incomplete without them,” he said. Amarinder stressed that such initiatives must be encouraged as they give hope and confidence to the people who find it difficult to afford the weddings of their daughters. According to Sidhu,the function was organised on the occasion of May Day to express solidarity with the labourers and members of the working class so that they do not consider their daughters as a burden.

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The function was a joint effort between the Mohali District Congress Committee and Punjabi Virsa Cultural Welfare Society. Besides the cash amount offered as shagun,the couples were given household items worth several thousands of rupees.

Leader of the Opposition in Punjab Vidhan Sabha,Rajinder Kaur Bhattal,former Ministers Lal Singh and Tej Parkash were present on the occasion.

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