Srinagar, July 13: The weddings are still taking place, albeit quietly, in the Kashmir Valley. But invitations to wedding receptions have been cancelled en masse amid violence, curfews and shutdowns.
The valley, Srinagar included, has been virtually shuttered since the Friday killing of Hizbul Mujahideen commander Burhan Wani triggered street protests leaving over 30 people dead and hundreds injured.
The violent explosion took place when the valley was about to witness the beginning of marriage season after a month of Ramadan fasting.
The situation has forced families to take back their wedding invitations.
Local Urdu and English newspapers are filled with advertisements of the cancellations of gala receptions.
“Due to prevailing circumstances, Dawat-e-Walima of my son Nayeem Rizwan being organised on Sunday is being cancelled. Family regrets the inconvenience caused,” reads an ad in an Urdu daily.
The marriage ceremonies, however, are being done in an austere manner.
He said he had suffered a huge loss as he had made most of the arrangements.
“We would make most profits this time (post Eid) when marriages are at peak. But the financial loss is not comparable to the loss of lives. So I have no regrets,” said Ghulam Muhammad, a spice trader in Khankah in Srinagar.
“My shop will remain closed till the killings stop,” Muhammad added.