Like Tanvi and Tushar, a growing number of couples are tweaking tradition so that the marriage ceremonies reflect a union of equals rather than the one-sided skew towards the “boy’s side”.
Of course, some cosmopolitan couples decide not to fuss about the regressive rituals and just go along, but Asmita Satyarthi, director of Wockhardt Foundation, isn’t one of them. “The ceremony sets the right tone for the marriage from the get go, and who we want to be,” she says. Her father, social reformer Kailash Satyarthi, announced on her wedding day in 2015 that he would not be performing the kanyadaan. “Elder relatives were unhappy but he was firm that his daughter isn’t a possession to be donated,” she says.
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