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A bride’s fight for her pride

Posted by Shreyans Jain Tuesday, 17 September 2013 0 comments
Ostentatious marriages have ruined several families beyond repair and lowered the dignity and status of women in the society whose worth is measured in terms of the dowry they bring with them. Surprisingly, those who discuss debate and talk about simple marriages seldom practise it. Isn’t it ironical that a society that worships the Almighty in its female avatar fails to protect the rights and future of its daughters? Isn’t it disheartening to witness the commercialisation of a pristine and auspicious relationship between a man and a woman?

Expensive invitations, glamorous venues, a corporate style event management team attending on the guests, ever increasing menu and the entertainment with highly paid artists are proliferating the simple act of marriage. The votaries of lavish marriages should come forward and develop innovative solutions if we are to behead the demon of dowry and restore the pride of a woman in the society. Rich and famous can have a significant impact on the outlook of people if they come forward to conduct simple marriages. The rich doing it will be applauded but the same act by the choice less poor will be ridiculed. Marriage should not be seen as a way of business promotion or status declaration. Its venerability and sanctity should not be degraded or polluted. By reducing expenses on ostentatious marriages, the saved money can be productively invested in the name of the couple for their future use – to buy property, jewellery or to start a business. Priests and other religious heads should mobilise the parents to follow the dos and don’ts of a simple marriage and encourage them to share the expenses equally so that neither family suffers. Media and social activists can bring about a radical change in the society and help in shunning orthodox notions attached to the institution of marriage. The groom’s family ought to see the bride as their son’s life partner and not merely a source of money and dowry. Even the bride and the groom should pledge a healthy relationship free from avarice of either family’s resources.

It is important to empower a woman and make her financially independent and self-reliant by imparting her proper education and skills. There is a need for change in the people’s mind-set and we need to bring that change ourselves.


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