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Odisha Woman Solemnises Marriage Of Daughter-In-Law Widowed At 20

"I could not stand the miseries of my daughter-in-law who is only 20-years-old. She has the right to be happy in life." Pratima Behera

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Ria Das
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Not many mother-in-laws care about their widowed daughter-in-laws the way Pratima Behera does about Lily Behere. Pratima hails from Odisha's Angul district has solemnised the marriage of her 20-year-old widowed daughter-in-law Lily and set a new example.

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Pratima is a former sarpanch of Gobara gram panchayat in Angul district. After her son's demise she helped her daughter-in-law Lily find love again and got her remarried. The villagers gathered at a Jagannath Temple in Talcher area on September 11, and the rituals took place in a nicely organised marriage ceremony, family members said, The New Indian Express reported. She even performed the Kanyadaan duties.

Key Takeaways:

  • Pratima Behera from¬†Odisha's Angul district has solemnised the marriage of her 20-year-old widowed daughter-in-law Lily and set a new example
  • Pratima,¬†a former sarpanch, lost her son¬†Rashmiranjan in a sudden accident in a coal mine in Bharatpur. However, she¬†counselled Lily and convinced her to re-marry and look forward in life
  • She could not stand the miseries of her daughter -in-law who is only 20-years-old. She has the right to be happy in life Pratima said. She¬†even performed the Kanyadaan duties in the presence of the¬†villagers and the family

Lily, who hails from Turanga village, was married to Pratima's younger son Rashmiranjan in February, this year. However, five months later Rashmiranjan's sudden demise in a coal mine accident in Bharatpur left the family in a shocked state. Lily turned speechless following death of her husband, Pratima said. Having lost her son,¬†Pratima was heartbroken but she did not trap her¬†daughter-in-law into a life of loneliness and¬†solemnised her marriage instead.¬†Pratima counselled Lily and convinced her to re-marry and look forward in life. ‚ÄúI finally started searching a groom after Lily agreed,‚ÄĚ she said.

Pratima said she approached her brother Pranbandhu Behera and proposed a marriage offer between Lily and his son Sangram Behera. ‚ÄúI know my son will not return. The loss is irreplaceable. I could not stand the miseries of my daughter -in-law who is only 20-years-old. She has the right to be happy in life. Therefore, I decided to get my daughter-in-law married,‚ÄĚ Pratima said.

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Lily's newly married husband Sangram Behera said, ‚ÄúMy father and other family members have accepted Lily as their daughter-in-law. Why should I have any objection? Rather I am happy.‚ÄĚ

Pratima broke the societal norms to give meaning to Lily's life. ‚ÄúI have always treated my daughter-in-law as my daughter. I am happy that she is now married. I will perform all my duties as her mother,‚ÄĚ Pratima said.

The gesture also made Pratima the new hero of the society.

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