A lone Muslim family in this village was surprised when its neighbors decided to welcome the marriage procession. The ‘baraat’ was welcomed at the Hindu neighbor’s home arriving here, hosted and leaving also from the place.
The communal harmony was seen in Ranhai Kalaan village in Harda district of Madhya Pradesh. Yahya Khan’s daughter Rafia got married to Zubair, a youth hailing from Vishakhapatnam in Andhra Pradesh. Rafia’s family is the lone Muslim family in the village.
But Ram Krishan Patel who belongs to the same village and has relations with the Khan family for several generations decided that the ‘baraat’ will arrive at his house. Hence, the marriage procession arrived at Ram Krishna’s house.
Almost the entire village was present and the celebrations were held. There were firecrackers too. Later, the ‘baraat’ went from this house for the marriage. “We belong to the same community, this is one ‘samaj. Rafia is entire village’s daughter’, said Patel. “We wanted to be part of the reception of the marriage procession and send a message”, he further said.
Subsequently, the marriage was solemnized. The groom was also delighted at the welcome and the love shown by residents. “In rural areas, there is still love and people care so much for relations. I am overwhelmed”, he said.
The bride’s father Yahya Khan, later said that it was a gesture that will always be remembered. “Yes, Rafia is my daughter but everyone in the village considers her as the daughter of the village and that’s the sort of love and feeling of brotherhood, here”, he said.