When it was time to plan his son’s wedding, Gopal Vastapara, a businessman from Surat, decided to go for a simple ceremony – inviting only friends and relatives. And with all the money that he saved in the process, he is now planning a lavish mass wedding ceremony for 100 girls, all of whom come from economically weaker families and he calls them his daughters.
The girls will be married on April 28 at a function to be held in Chamardi village located in Amreli district of Gujarat.
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The 51-year-old businessman, who hails from the same village, identified the girls from different talukas of Amreli and Rajkot districts. Their families are not in a condition to bear their marriage expenses.
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“We decided to get our son married in a very simple function and instead use the money to help 100 girls from poor families by arranging their marriages. Our moto is Sarva Dharam, Sarva Samaj (All religion, all communities). The girls who will get married are from various castes and include six Muslims too,” Gopal, who is a real estate developer, told The Times of India. He is also providing every couple with all household items required to start a new life.
The brides and grooms can invite as many friends and relatives as they want to. It is expected that the ceremony will have about 60,000 people and will cost around Rs. 3 crore. Every newly-wed couple will pledge to save the girl child and save the environment on the wedding day. Gopal has pledged to sponsor such mass marriage ceremonies of 100 girls for the next 10 years.