Bride rides horse: A bride in Ranoli village in Rajasthan’s Sikar district has left people surprised after she rode a horse to mark the pre-wedding ritual of ‘Bandori’. Kritika Saini, the bride, did the Bandori ritual like a groom. Reason? They wanted to convey the important message of quality between the genders.
The parents also wanted to emphasise on the point that one should not distinguish between daughters and sons and should provide them with equal opportunities.
According to a report by Bhaskar.com, she mounted a horse wearing a sherwani and a pagdi.
Brides shattering stereotypes
It is heart-warming to see brides challenging the patriarchal idea of how an ideal marriage looks like. Last week, a Rajasthan bride requested her father before the wedding to use the money kept for her dowry in the noble cause of constructing a girls’ hostel. The father agreed and donated ₹ 75 lakh for the construction of the girls’ hostel. Read more about this inspiring story here.
Bindu RD is another such woman who has spurred change in her village by refusing to get married until roads are built in her village. She had also written an email to the Chief Minister of Karnataka stating the problem. Her mail compelled the Administrative officials of the district to visit her place who had assured her that construction work would start soon.
She believes that if she gets married and leaves her district, there will be no one to fight for the rights of the people living there. She had to walk 14-km to reach the nearest school in absence of a proper road. She said many girls from the village had to drop out of school and discontinue their education because of this reason. Read more about her here.