Young brides preparing for their wedding day often have a long list of things to do: sent out invitations, shop for their trousseau, finalise decorations, decide on the menu, pick a beautician, choose a photographer… Despite planning the minutest of details however, brides are often pressed for time on their wedding day.
It was a big surprise then to find 25-year-old bride Anu making her way to the polling booth in Kottayam, decked in her wedding finery – just two hours before her wedding!
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The young bride was already running late after an appointment at the beauty salon took longer than expected. Her relatives warned her about not being able to make it to the venue on time, but Anu was adamant.
Yes, her wedding was important, but equally important was her right to vote.
“It was my decision to come and vote,” the young bride told NDTV.
This was Anu’s very first vote: “I am very happy and excited that I have been able to cast my first vote,” she said.
After casting her vote, the bride, escorted by her mother, quickly made her way to a waiting car, ready to get married now that she had completed her duty as a conscientious citizen.
Anu was not the only bride to choose democratic duty over her wedding day.
The Tribune reports that at least two couples in Tamil Nadu and another in Kerala decided to cast their vote in the elections either before or after their wedding.
While newly married couple, Karthi and Dharani made their way to the booth in Kaundampalayam, Coimbatore soon after their wedding; in Tirupur, Karthikeyan – whose wedding was held just that morning – braved the rain to cast his vote in the Mudalampudur booth.
In Thiruvananthapuram, Nagarajan and Vidya – who were married that afternoon – took time out from their wedding festivities to cast their vote.
“Wedding is an important milestone in our lives and voting is equally important,” the young couples said.