Iraqi Couple Gets Police Help to Get Married Amid Curfew

Iraqi student Ahmed Khaled al-Kaabi, 23, asked last year for the love of his life. The couple's vision was to hold a big party in the southern holy city of Najaf with relatives and friends. But ended in simple marriage with the help of Iraqi Police.

by Hari Aditya

Updated: Apr 13, 2020 10:07 IST

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Iraqi student Ahmed Khaled al-Kaabi, 23, proposed to the love of his life last year. The couple's dream was to have a huge celebration with family and friends in the southern holy city of Najaf. But those dreams were shattered in the aftermath of the latest coronavirus when a government-ordered curfew prohibited large public meetings and wedding halls were shuttered. "I didn't expect my wedding to be this way. I was hoping for a party and that we would visit the imam," said Ruqaya Rahim, the new bride, referring to the religious official who leads prayers in the mosque. "But we were prevented from doing that." Najaf was among the worst affected Iraqi cities by the pandemic, responsible for just over 20 percent of the estimated cases in Iraq. According to statistics from the Health Ministry, at least five persons died in 257 reported cases in the region. This is a small fraction of the 70 people who have died nationally since the first case of the virus was reported in February in Iraq. Iraq has already nearly 1,300 reported cases of the virus.

Unwilling to cancel the wedding, al-Kaabi has come up with another proposal. He requested the local security forces to help him carry the marriage to fruition. Police replied by supplying cars for the groom, along with music blasting. They moved the wife of al-Kaabi to the family home for a brief gathering of just six participants. Protection Status