Breaking away from a patriarchal tradition, a young bride from Rajasthan’s Alwar has set an example of equality for everyone.
The bride, Jiya Sharma, mounted a horse cart & led her own baraat to the groom’s house on her wedding day in Behror town of Alwar district.
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Baraat is the wedding procession that the groom leads to the bride’s house, where he is welcomed and garlanded by the bride’s family.
According to a report, by The Times of India, the 25-year-old student of MA English literature and her software engineer husband Lokesh Sharma took the decision mutually to set an example of equality right at the beginning of their married life.
During her baraat, Jiya’s friends and relatives danced along on the streets and the groom’s family gave her baraat a warm welcome at his house. The baraat was a hit in the town and residents lined up on both sides of the street to bear witness to the unique procession. Jiya’s aunt, who is a teacher and social worker, had come up with the unique idea and when everyone welcomed it, the family decided to go ahead.
“This will send a strong message to the society. People don’t accept girl children in Rajasthan. This will give a message that there is no difference between boys and girls,” groom’s father Giraj Sharma told TOI.
In a state that’s notorious for its skewed sex ratio, a wedding procession like Jiya’s is of immense social importance. Jiya’s family has not given any dowry either, claims the report.