A businessman from Surat city in Gujarat, Mahesh Savani, heartily took the responsibility of the marriage of 251 fatherless girls in a mass wedding, as the girls could not afford the expense of their own marriage. Recently this mass wedding took place at Savani Chaityna Vidya Sankool in Mota Varachha, Surat. This marriage was not the first and Mr. Savani has been organizing the mass weddings of poor girls since the year of 2012.
At the venue, so many guests were invited, where Savani himself did the ‘Kanyadaan’ of 251 girls. In this mass wedding event, there was a Christian bride along with five Muslim brides who were married as per their customs and rituals – also there was one bride who was disabled and two suffering from the deadly HIV infection. He has also gifted them valuables worth 5lakh.
The diamond merchant considers himself especially lucky and fortunate that he is able to do this kind of work with God’s blessing. In 2012 he did the ‘Kanyadaan’ of his nieces at the time of their marriage because they did not have a father figure in their life. Since then, he has been the father figure for over 900 girls. He has also provided financial help for the marriage of another 1300 girls and sponsored the education for the children of martyred soldiers.
But that was his story. The Indian society lays a lot of importance of the marriage of women. Many people consider a daughter to be a burden who has to be married off as soon as possible. What Mr. Savani did is a great thing which needs to be appreciated but is it enough?
Many times families go to the extent of taking huge loans only to put on a good show of the marriage – almost like the ultimate aim of a woman’s life is to wed. While people like him are doing their work, people like us should do another – we should encourage the women around us to pursue their dreams and to stop considering marriage as a roadblock or something that has to be done as a ‘sacrifice’ or as ‘their life’s ultimate goal’.
That is what you can do. To help the women around you to achieve their dreams and not being pressurised into getting married for the sake of anything. Take responsibility for not coaxing any female into marriage.
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