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Nagpur Couple Disses Kanyadan, Female Priest Officiates Wedding

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Nagpur Couple Disses Kanyadan, Female Priest Officiates Wedding

Indian weddings can be an extravagant affair. Not only does one have to tend to each and every ritual, but also cater to a zillion other details. However, how many people do actually give these rituals a thought? What exactly do they stand for? Should they be considered mere customs that have been naturalised over the years? Or should one read into them and take a stand?

Nagpur couple Shivada Chauthaiwale and Ashay Sahasrabuddhe decided to turn the tables on the kanyadaan – a common ritual in Hindu weddings that requires the father to ‘give’ (daan) away his ‘virgin daughter’ (kanya) to the bridegroom as a gift.

Ashay is the son of BJP’s national vice-president Vinay Sahasrabuddhe and Shivada, the niece of BJP’s foreign affairs cell head, Vijay Chauthaiwale. The bridegroom’s mother decided to let go of the ritual and not give in to a practice that strips a woman of all her agency, The Hindu reported. What’s more, the family also appointed a female priest to officiate the entire wedding.

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Ms Sahasrabuddhe, mother of the groom, told the daily:

There are, pardon my saying so, several hypocrisies in our rituals. We do Kanya Poojan on one hand and refuse to recognise the rights of a woman on the other. I feel it is important, at least in my actions, to weed out such hypocrisies.

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