Border closure affecting marriages

Nepal-India exchange citizens stuck at Nepalgunj border point

NEPALGUNJ, NOVEMBER 23

Twenty-year-old Rina Ali Shaiyad’s marriage has been stalled for months now.

Scheduled to tie the knot with a person throughout the border in April, her plan went awry owing to the lockdown enforced by the federal government within the face of the coronavirus pandemic.

As uncertainty over when the closed border will reopen prevails, the marriage retains being postponed indefinitely.

“The groom has mentioned he’ll include janti (folks accompanying the groom) however the current state of affairs has made it troublesome because it requires the administration’s permission for a mass of individuals to cross the border,” mentioned Rina’s brother Shakir Ali Shaiyad, lamenting that the border closure had saved pushing the marriage into uncertainty.

In keeping with Shakir, 4 different weddings in his village have additionally been deferred because of the border closure.

Elsewhere, Bardiya’s Thakurbaba Municipality’s Gopal Chaudhary’s marriage has additionally been affected by the border closure. He was additionally marrying in April, however earlier than the marriage the federal government imposed the lockdown.

“We’d made each preparation for the marriage, however the authorities enforced the lockdown and the marriage programme was postponed indefinitely,” mentioned Gopal’s father Sundara Chaudhary.

What’s worse, there’s uncertainty as to when the closed border will reopen.

When requested, the native administration clarified that the border would reopen solely after the central authorities’s resolution.


A model of this text seems in print on November 24, 2020 of The Himalayan Occasions.


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