Man controlled society has profound social and social roots, yet a girl from Rajasthan’s Jhunjhunu area is changing the present state of affairs.
Gargi Ahlawat, who is soon to wed Delhi-based Kushal Gupta in Udaipur, is performing ‘Bandori’- a wedding custom – on a chariot, a benefit saved just for the preparation.
She is post graduated in MBA from UK’s University, has been moving around in a horse carriage for the last three days in different localities of Jhunjhunu. Well, by riding a chariot and leading a procession she is changing the mindset of people.
She told Times of India:
People in rural and semi-rural areas can be influenced by action but not by articles in newspapers or TV shows. This action coming from the daughter of an MP can set an example for others to follow. A woman riding a horse carriage for the ritual is bound to be noticed and followed by other families soon.
“As the bindoli tradition says that relatives invite both the groom and the bride for a feast before the marriage. So the groom has the privilege of riding a horse till their house after the feast. I have changed the ritual by riding a horse till my house or a temple,” said Gargi.
According to the father of Gargi, Jhunjhunu MP, Santosh Ahlawat:
My district had skewed sex ratio which I fought like a warrior. Things have improved a lot in the last few years as awareness has increased with Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s focus on ‘Beti Bachao’ campaign. I am happy that my daughter has taken the initiative forward.”
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