In India, news about a Muslim wedding ceremony held inside a Hindu temple is making the rounds.
A civil engineer and a tech specialist were wed last week in the Rampur area of Shimla, Himachal Pradesh, in accordance with Islamic wedding customs. The Satyanarayan Temple complex serves as the district office of the Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP), which is controlled by the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS), a powerful paramilitary volunteer organisation with strong Hindu nationalist views.
According to reports in Indian media, a Muslim cleric performed the Nikkah ceremony in front of both Muslims and Hindus.
The RSS and Vishva Hindu Parishad are frequently charged with anti-Muslim sentiment. Even though Muslims make up a sizable minority in India, they have been subjected to religious and racial discrimination even before the country’s partition. Nonetheless, such an event is being hailed as “a step towards harmony and brotherhood” there.