Kashmiris Celebrate Weddings in Silence After Indian Crackdown

Published September 18th, 2019 - 06:54 GMT

After a year-long countdown, Arshi Nisar's wedding plans are in tatters, with the Kashmiri bride-to-be fearing for her guests' safety as an Indian security and communications clampdown on the Himalayan valley leaves residents on edge.

The marketing manager had originally planned a three-day extravaganza, including a special make-up session, music, and a huge canopy to accommodate more than 700 guests, according to AFP.

"I grew up dreaming about a grand wedding but there is not much to celebrate because of the situation," the 29-year-old told AFP.

"Now we have decided on a very simple ceremony but I am still worried (about) how my in-laws and my family will move around in these tense times."

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In this photo taken on September 15, 2019, a bride with her face and body covered with a shawl sits in her new husband's home following their marriage in Kashmir's Baramulla district, north of Srinagar. TAUSEEF MUSTAFA / AFP

In this photo taken on September 15, 2019, a bride with her face and body covered with a shawl sits in her new husband's home following their marriage in Kashmir's Baramulla district, north of Srinagar. TAUSEEF MUSTAFA / AFP

In this photo taken on September 15, 2019, a groom is garlanded by relatives and friends before leaving for his bride's home in Kashmir's Baramulla district, north of Srinagar. TAUSEEF MUSTAFA / AFP

In this photo taken on September 15, 2019, a groom is garlanded by relatives and friends before leaving for his bride's home in Kashmir's Baramulla district, north of Srinagar. TAUSEEF MUSTAFA / AFP

In this photo taken on September 15, 2019, guests look at a bride (C) with her face and body covered with a shawl sits in her new husband's home following their marriage in Kashmir's Baramulla district, north of Srinagar. TAUSEEF MUSTAFA / AFP

In this photo taken on September 15, 2019, guests look at a bride (C) with her face and body covered with a shawl sits in her new husband's home following their marriage in Kashmir's Baramulla district, north of Srinagar. TAUSEEF MUSTAFA / AFP

India's decision in early August to scrap Kashmir's autonomy has left the region reeling, impacting even the usually buoyant wedding industry -- a major driver of Kashmir's economy -- with hundreds of notices appearing in newspapers and on television in recent weeks, postponing or cancelling ceremonies. TAUSEEF MUSTAFA / AFP

India's decision in early August to scrap Kashmir's autonomy has left the region reeling, impacting even the usually buoyant wedding industry -- a major driver of Kashmir's economy -- with hundreds of notices appearing in newspapers and on television in recent weeks, postponing or cancelling ceremonies. TAUSEEF MUSTAFA / AFP

In this photo taken on September 15, 2019, chefs prepare long kebabs made from minced meat ahead of a traditional feast held for a marriage ceremony in Kashmir's Baramulla district, north of Srinagar. TAUSEEF MUSTAFA / AFP

In this photo taken on September 15, 2019, chefs prepare long kebabs made from minced meat ahead of a traditional feast held for a marriage ceremony in Kashmir's Baramulla district, north of Srinagar. TAUSEEF MUSTAFA / AFP

In this photo taken on September 15, 2019, chefs prepare mutton for a variety of traditional dishes for a marriage ceremony in Kashmir's Baramulla district, north of Srinagar. TAUSEEF MUSTAFA / AFP

In this photo taken on September 15, 2019, chefs prepare mutton for a variety of traditional dishes for a marriage ceremony in Kashmir's Baramulla district, north of Srinagar. TAUSEEF MUSTAFA / AFP

In this photo taken on September 15, 2019, a bride sits in her new husband's home following their marriage in Kashmir's Baramulla district, north of Srinagar. TAUSEEF MUSTAFA / AFP

In this photo taken on September 15, 2019, a bride sits in her new husband's home following their marriage in Kashmir's Baramulla district, north of Srinagar. TAUSEEF MUSTAFA / AFP

India's decision in early August to scrap Kashmir's autonomy has left the region reeling, impacting even the usually buoyant wedding industry -- a major driver of Kashmir's economy -- with hundreds of notices appearing in newspapers and on television in recent weeks, postponing or cancelling ceremonies. TAUSEEF MUSTAFA / AFP

India's decision in early August to scrap Kashmir's autonomy has left the region reeling, impacting even the usually buoyant wedding industry -- a major driver of Kashmir's economy -- with hundreds of notices appearing in newspapers and on television in recent weeks, postponing or cancelling ceremonies. TAUSEEF MUSTAFA / AFP

In this photo taken on September 15, 2019, a bride with her face and body covered with a shawl sits in her new husband's home following their marriage in Kashmir's Baramulla district, north of Srinagar. TAUSEEF MUSTAFA / AFP
In this photo taken on September 15, 2019, a groom is garlanded by relatives and friends before leaving for his bride's home in Kashmir's Baramulla district, north of Srinagar. TAUSEEF MUSTAFA / AFP
In this photo taken on September 15, 2019, guests look at a bride (C) with her face and body covered with a shawl sits in her new husband's home following their marriage in Kashmir's Baramulla district, north of Srinagar. TAUSEEF MUSTAFA / AFP
India's decision in early August to scrap Kashmir's autonomy has left the region reeling, impacting even the usually buoyant wedding industry -- a major driver of Kashmir's economy -- with hundreds of notices appearing in newspapers and on television in recent weeks, postponing or cancelling ceremonies. TAUSEEF MUSTAFA / AFP
In this photo taken on September 15, 2019, chefs prepare long kebabs made from minced meat ahead of a traditional feast held for a marriage ceremony in Kashmir's Baramulla district, north of Srinagar. TAUSEEF MUSTAFA / AFP
In this photo taken on September 15, 2019, chefs prepare mutton for a variety of traditional dishes for a marriage ceremony in Kashmir's Baramulla district, north of Srinagar. TAUSEEF MUSTAFA / AFP
In this photo taken on September 15, 2019, a bride sits in her new husband's home following their marriage in Kashmir's Baramulla district, north of Srinagar. TAUSEEF MUSTAFA / AFP
India's decision in early August to scrap Kashmir's autonomy has left the region reeling, impacting even the usually buoyant wedding industry -- a major driver of Kashmir's economy -- with hundreds of notices appearing in newspapers and on television in recent weeks, postponing or cancelling ceremonies. TAUSEEF MUSTAFA / AFP
In this photo taken on September 15, 2019, a bride with her face and body covered with a shawl sits in her new husband's home following their marriage in Kashmir's Baramulla district, north of Srinagar. TAUSEEF MUSTAFA / AFP
In this photo taken on September 15, 2019, a bride with her face and body covered with a shawl sits in her new husband's home following their marriage in Kashmir's Baramulla district, north of Srinagar. TAUSEEF MUSTAFA / AFP
In this photo taken on September 15, 2019, a groom is garlanded by relatives and friends before leaving for his bride's home in Kashmir's Baramulla district, north of Srinagar. TAUSEEF MUSTAFA / AFP
In this photo taken on September 15, 2019, a groom is garlanded by relatives and friends before leaving for his bride's home in Kashmir's Baramulla district, north of Srinagar. TAUSEEF MUSTAFA / AFP
In this photo taken on September 15, 2019, guests look at a bride (C) with her face and body covered with a shawl sits in her new husband's home following their marriage in Kashmir's Baramulla district, north of Srinagar. TAUSEEF MUSTAFA / AFP
In this photo taken on September 15, 2019, guests look at a bride (C) with her face and body covered with a shawl sits in her new husband's home following their marriage in Kashmir's Baramulla district, north of Srinagar. TAUSEEF MUSTAFA / AFP
India's decision in early August to scrap Kashmir's autonomy has left the region reeling, impacting even the usually buoyant wedding industry -- a major driver of Kashmir's economy -- with hundreds of notices appearing in newspapers and on television in recent weeks, postponing or cancelling ceremonies. TAUSEEF MUSTAFA / AFP
India's decision in early August to scrap Kashmir's autonomy has left the region reeling, impacting even the usually buoyant wedding industry -- a major driver of Kashmir's economy -- with hundreds of notices appearing in newspapers and on television in recent weeks, postponing or cancelling ceremonies. TAUSEEF MUSTAFA / AFP
In this photo taken on September 15, 2019, chefs prepare long kebabs made from minced meat ahead of a traditional feast held for a marriage ceremony in Kashmir's Baramulla district, north of Srinagar. TAUSEEF MUSTAFA / AFP
In this photo taken on September 15, 2019, chefs prepare long kebabs made from minced meat ahead of a traditional feast held for a marriage ceremony in Kashmir's Baramulla district, north of Srinagar. TAUSEEF MUSTAFA / AFP
In this photo taken on September 15, 2019, chefs prepare mutton for a variety of traditional dishes for a marriage ceremony in Kashmir's Baramulla district, north of Srinagar. TAUSEEF MUSTAFA / AFP
In this photo taken on September 15, 2019, chefs prepare mutton for a variety of traditional dishes for a marriage ceremony in Kashmir's Baramulla district, north of Srinagar. TAUSEEF MUSTAFA / AFP
In this photo taken on September 15, 2019, a bride sits in her new husband's home following their marriage in Kashmir's Baramulla district, north of Srinagar. TAUSEEF MUSTAFA / AFP
In this photo taken on September 15, 2019, a bride sits in her new husband's home following their marriage in Kashmir's Baramulla district, north of Srinagar. TAUSEEF MUSTAFA / AFP
India's decision in early August to scrap Kashmir's autonomy has left the region reeling, impacting even the usually buoyant wedding industry -- a major driver of Kashmir's economy -- with hundreds of notices appearing in newspapers and on television in recent weeks, postponing or cancelling ceremonies. TAUSEEF MUSTAFA / AFP
India's decision in early August to scrap Kashmir's autonomy has left the region reeling, impacting even the usually buoyant wedding industry -- a major driver of Kashmir's economy -- with hundreds of notices appearing in newspapers and on television in recent weeks, postponing or cancelling ceremonies. TAUSEEF MUSTAFA / AFP