Amid lockdown, Couple gets married over Whatsapp in Jharsuguda


Jharsuguda: At the time when everyone is coping up with the deadly COVID19 pandemic, a Muslim couple, Mehendi Reza, a resident of Jharsuguda and Tahera Bano, a resident of Kamptee, Nagpur (Maharashtra) took Whatsapp Social Media Platform to get married.

The couple aged 34 and 28, were set to get married with pomp and glory on 22nd July 2020 along with their friends and family present. However, with the announcement of Travel Restrictions and COVID19 shutdown, their dreamy plans come to a complete Halt.

Amidst the restriction, the couple had two options either to wait indefinitely for the lockdown to end or to enter the wedlock with the help of other means. However, they choose the second options and decided to get married on 22nd July itself but with a twist.   

Both the bride and the groom had a little over 4 hours to get prepared for the marriage, as the final decision was taken around 4 pm, on the 22nd of July. Luckily, Both Bride and Groom have done shopping for Wedding Dresses, which helped them a lot. Generally, Groom wears Sehera on the wedding day, it was prepared on the last moment and Bride did her hair and makeup on her own.  All the relatives and close friends were informed, for this sudden plan at both sides, to be present and bless the couples.

While speaking to JSGLIVE, the groom, Mehendi Reza said that” On the chosen date, with a few family members and close friends, we took our marital vows. However, initially, I tried some online Video Conferencing apps, but due to some issue couldn’t connect it, we finally relied on Whatsapp video call, after which the wedding vows were completed.  The wedding vows were being taken under Maulana Muslim Reza from Kamptee (Nagpur).”

Once the Travel Restrictions end Mehendi and Tahera plan to organize a wedding reception (Walima), which would consist of their Relatives, Friends and Dear Ones who will bless the newly married couple. Also, even though the wedding ceremony is done, the Vidaai (bride leaving her maternal house to start a new life with her husband and his family) of the bride is still pending. Both the bride and groom understand that they need to wait until the situation returns to normal and when the travel restrictions are lifted.