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Ac­cord­ing to the or­gan­is­ers of the event, 109 cou­ples tied the knot in a mass cer­e­mony in Bahirk­hand, a vil­lage some 70 kilo­me­tres north of Kolkata. The cou­ples—tribal, Mus­lim and Hindu—came from all across West Ben­gal. The event is an an­nual af­fair, one in­tended to as­sist those who might other­wise be un­able to bear the high costs of an In­dian wed­ding. Loans taken for wed­ding expenses, and the usu­ri­ous in­ter­est rates charged by money­len­ders of­ten force al­ready poor peo­ple deeper into penury. (Sadly, there was no news on whether the go­rilla found a mate.)

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