Asserting that extravagance in marriages in Kashmir was criminal, the Kashmir University vice-chancellor, Prof Riyaz Punjabi on Monday asked the youth to resist against the menace for the betterment of society.
“The extravagance in marriages is not seen anywhere.. This extravagance is criminal,” he said. The VC was speaking at the inaugural function of the one-day seminar on “Austerity in marriages: Role of Youth” at the varsity. It was organized by the KU’s National Social Service wing in collaboration with the Hamsafar Marriage Counselling Centre Srinagar .
The youth, Prof Punjabi said, have to act as the agents of change in the society. “Our youth, both boys and girls, will have to strongly resist against extravagance including dowry etc,” he said, adding, “they got to have courage to boycott such extravagance to give a clear-cut message to the society that they want to observe marriages simply and as per the Islamic principles and directives governing Nikkah.”
Prof Punjabi said there was need to aware youth about the sacred institutions like Nikkah. “We have been hearing lectures and sermons on the ill-effects of extravagance for long now, but there is little implementation on ground. But it is high time to observe marriages simply and put an end to all social evils,” he asserted.
The vice-rector of Darul-Uloom Rahimiya, Bandipora, Mufti Nazir Ahmad Qasimi, dwelt at length over the concept and significance of Nikkah in Islam. “Our Ulema, academics, media and members of civil society have to raise their voice against the extravagance in marriages. This alone can save our society from destruction,” he said, adding, “There is need to change our mindset that it is not difficult to observe marriages simply and as per the Islamic directives.”
He said the menace of extravagance has consumed the society. “This menace is leading to problems like late marriages and self immolation by girls. We got to completely boycott the evils like dowry,” he said.
The KU registrar, Prof S Fayyaz Ahmad, said the evil of extravagance has led to social, psychological and economic problems in the society. “We will have to strongly resist the pomp and show during marriages and observe them as simply as possible,” he asserted.
The chairman of Hamsafar Marriage Counselling Centre, Fayyaz Ahmad Zaroo, urged the youth to observe marriage simply for the betterment of society.
The KU’s NSS coordinator, Dr Mohammad Iqbal Hakeem, highlighted the aims and objectives of the seminar and said the unit of national service scheme has a series of such programmes on the pipe line which will touch various social evils prevalent in the society. More than 20 students representing various degree colleges of the valley read out their papers on the subject during the day long debate on the theme. Shahid Ali Khan cultural officer KU conducted the proceedings.