Thane, May 20 UNI | 2 months ago

Predominantly tribal villages in Jawhar and Mohada talukas of Thane district came alive and were buzzing with brisk activities all day long yesterday, as over 250 tribal couples from the region tied the knot with the help of social organisations.

Multifaceted philanthropic initiative Vedanta foundation, organised a mass marriage program for 252 tribal couples belonging to Jawhar taluka and Mokhada taluka in Thane, yesterday.

Most of the people belonging to this tribal community, get married without any ceremony to avoid the financial burdens, which creates a huge problem for their future.

Their children do not get admission into schools due to lack of parents' identity, and even staying as a married couple is not accepted within the community. More surprisingly they have also been ignored by society for any other social events.

The marriages were solemnized in traditional fashion, without exchange of any dowry or any ostentation, and all basic necessities for the marriage like Mangalsutra, Mundavane, Janwe, Kumkum, Varmala, and Padha were organised by the foundation.

One of the office bearers of the foundation said that the Foundation also gifted ornaments, sarees, utensil sets, rajai, mobiles, cycles, watches, school bags, goggles, and hygiene kits like soaps to the couples, to help fulfill theri basic requirements of a married life.'

Founder trustee, DP Agarwal told UNI that the foundation is also facilitating them with marriage certificates to avoid further problem within the community, and has given fixed deposits worth Rs 5,000 to each couple in the local post office and also trained 75 women with new tailoring machines to help them earn a better livelihood.

"The aim of this mass marriage was to promote simplicity in marriages, discouraging dowry and providing a new beginning for the underprivileged people under the social inclusion," Dr Lona Nayak, CEO of Vedanta Foundation said.

Besides the brides, grooms and around 2,500 people thronged the venue, to have a glimpse of the unique wedding ceremony.

Actress, Reema Lagoo congratulated and guided every couple to have a healthy life and appealed other organisations to come forward for such noble initiative.

(Posted on 20-05-2014)