The grand wedding of Habiba, an 18-year-old orphan who lived almost her entire childhood at a government-owned orphanage in Brahmanbaria, was held in the Titas area with much enthusiasm and delight.
Habiba was married to police constable Jakaria in a colourful ceremony on Friday.
The children of the orphanage and Habiba’s classmates Sonia, Suborna, Nasrin and Tanzin started the programme around 12pm. They were all amazed to see such a colourful arrangement for Habiba’s wedding. In fact, they never thought it was possible.
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More than 100 orphans welcomed the groom's party at the gate during Habiba's wedding Dhaka Tribune
The crowd grew large when the groom’s party arrived at around 2pm. More than 100 orphans welcomed them at the gate. They were all elated to see a loved one getting married.
The marriage registration process was completed in the presence of Habiba’s foster father Police Superintendent Mizanur Rahman, Freedom Fighter Al Mamun Sarkar, Social Services Directorate Director (finance) AKM Khairul and other high ups from civil society.
Over a hundred guests from various social backgrounds attended the wedding, where they were entertained with delicious food and a pleasant function.
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Other children of the orphanage wished Habiba a happy married life. They also hoped that the government and distinguished local guests would come forward to help them as well.
“Everything ended peacefully. We are grateful to all for helping us,” Rawshan Ara Khatun, deputy caretaker of the orphanage, said after the weeding.
“We are still looking for help from the government and well-off benefactors for jobs and assistance for other members of the orphanage,” she added.
When this correspondent asked about his reaction, Police Superintendent Mizanur Rahman became emotional and said: “We all wish Habiba a happy life. Her happiness will make us happy.”
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Habiba poses with her friends during her Holud on Thursday, July 13, 2017 Dhaka Tribune
He also assured that he would stand beside other helpless children like Habiba.
“Together we can change the society as well as the country,” the police super added.
AKM Khairul Islam said: “Individual initiatives, along with government effort, can bring something good for society. Habiba’s marriage is one such example.”
“We are planning to help others like Habiba,” he added.
Habiba’s Holud was attended by a large number of police personnel, administrative officials and journalists on Thursday.