Marathi film Sairat is creating waves across the country. Directed by critically acclaimed director Nagraj Manjule, Sairat is a love story about two people who belong to different castes.
The film has managed to garner great reviews from the critics and the audience is also loving it.
It’s 2016 and caste is still an important issue for people when arranging a marriage. This social evil continues to plague India and is often the cause for much heartbreak and unnecessary suffering for young and old alike, especially in rural parts of the country.
Taking a cue from Sairat, a group of youngsters has started a network called Sairat Marriage Group, which supports inter-caste and inter-religious marriages and aims to provide such couples with both protection and employment. The group also counsels and supports the couples if needed.
“Six couples have already approached us and we are counselling them. We first understand their problems, which range from unemployment to caste and religion boundaries. Our job is to initiate dialogue and provide all possible help the couples need,” said Harshal Lohakare, a volunteer with the group, in an interview to The Hindu.
The group, which was formed after an intense discussion on social media, states that it is not promoting runaway marriages.
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“This initiative is not to promote runaway marriages. We have to accept that the problem exists in our society and people suffer because of caste and religious conflicts,” added volunteer Ravikant Varpe.
The volunteers are now planning to get in touch with various recruitment agencies that can help provide jobs to such couples. Also, they’ve arranged for about 20 flats in Pune where the couples can stay safely and free of cost for two-three months.