Thane: As many as 210 tribal couples tied the knot in a mass marriage ceremony, with several political leaders in attendance at Kawada village in neighbouring Palghar district on Sunday.

Palghar MP Chintaman Wanga, who attended the programme, said mass marriages usher in a healthy society and will go a long way in avoiding wasteful expenditure involved in organising multiple traditional ceremonies, where liquor flows freely and animals are sacrificed.

Adivasi Gramajyot Yuva Mitra Mandal, which had last year married off 100 couples in a smiliar ceremony, made preparations for wedding of 150 couples this year, but the number swelled to 210, he said. Palghar Zila Parishad president Surekha Tethle, Dahanu MLA Pascal Dhanare and others were present on this occasion.

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