Not Just Reservations, Patel Patidars Are Also Looking for Brides

A report in The Times of India stated that the Patel community has a sex-ratio of 700-800 girls per 1,000 boys.

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Reservations under the OBC category is not the only thing that Patel Patidars seek. The dwindling number of brides in the community have forced them to look for marital alliances beyond their borders, Hindustan Times reports.

The prosperous Samast Patidar Samaj (SPS) is busy preparing for a calendar that will be distributed 1,800 km away from Gujarat in some extremely downtrodden districts of Orissa to form alliances with Oriya Kurmi brides.

This is the price the orthodox upper caste in Gujarat have to pay for a poor sex ratio. I

The belief that Kurmis from Odisha have a common ancestry in the Kards, who migrated from Afghanistan around 2,000 years ago, makes them overlook all the other differences. “Female foeticide in the past has created a huge gender gap among the Patidars. But this alliance also works to the benefit of poor Kurmi parents in Odisha who are unable to cough up a lot of dowry,” SPS president and Padmashree Mathur Savani says.
Excerpt from Hindustan Times report

According to Hindustan Times, the gender gap is so huge that in October 2015, 42 prospective brides chose eligible grooms from 5,000 Patidar bachelors.

A report in The Times of India stated that the Patel community has a gender ratio of 700-800 girls per 1,000 boys.

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