A wedding in Haryana took a very unique turn when the bride put a special condition before the groom, and everyone was left pleasantly surprised.
This Friday, Poonam from Bilawal village in Bhiwani district of Haryana was getting married to Sandeep Kumar from Jhajjar. They exchanged garlands and were about to proceed for the final ritual of pheras, in which they would take the seven wedding vows. But before continuing any further, Poonam stunned everyone by saying that she wanted Sandeep to take a pledge. “What could it be?” wondered the guests.
She wanted him to promise that he would sponsor the education of 11 underprivileged girls.
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Sandeep instantly agreed and took the pledge. All the other guests raised their hands as witnesses to the pledge. Poonam, a postgraduate from a local government college, has been working as an associate of a local social worker. She had heard about an eighth phera introduced by a Red Cross official in Bhiwani some years ago. That time, it was a pledge taken by the couple to not indulge in female foeticide. But Poonam wanted to do something challenging. Something that would make them capable of changing lives. As Sandeep runs a coaching centre, she decided that they should educate girls.
“I had been giving hints to my husband about a resolve I would want him to take and had told him I will reveal it at the right time. It is different as nobody takes such a pledge, and certainly not on wedding day. It is challenging because I will have to be an equal partner in ensuring that the pledge is fulfilled,” she told The Times of India.