When you think of a bride, you imagine a woman clad in an expensive outfit and glittering jewellery. But Tasnim Jara from Bangladesh decided it is time to question that image.

Tasnim shattered all stereotypes by wearing her Grandmother’s white cotton saree at her wedding reception. Besides that, she refrained from wearing a single piece of jewellery.

She took to Facebook to talk about the various reasons which compelled her to take this step. Tasnim talks about the tremendous pressure on young brides to look flawless on her special day.

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In her Facebook post, she talked about the inconvenience that brides face in a bid to look perfect. She says that brides must be accepted for who they are. She should not be judged by the amount of gold she puts on that day. It should definitely not be considered a barometer for gauging the parents’ dignity.

She explains how some of her family members rebuked her for not following the tradition. Some even refused to get clicked with her. However, her husband stood by her side throughout this.

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Tasnim ‘s Facebook post has gone viral. Since 9 August it has been shared over 29,000 times and has collected over 114,000 reactions.

A lot of people expressed their delight and appreciated her for being so courageous.

Ms Jara is the President of Aroggo, a healthcare start-up which works to fund the medical treatment of impoverished patients in Bangladesh.

Her efforts against eradicating social evils related to women are commendable. It is high time we start accepting ourselves for who we are and give up on all those archaic traditions that negatively impact the sanctity of marriage.

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