Succour for financially poor families facing dowry heat

- THAKUR SINGH THARU, Banke
Succour for financially poor families facing dowry heat

Oct 28, 2014-An organisation, which pledges to provide assistance to economically backward families during times of marriage, has come as a relief to those who face difficulties marrying off their daughters due to the dowry system that is still prevalent in Tarai.

Guru Nanakdev Service Society located at Sikkhanpur, Heerminiya-6 arranges marriage facilities for low income families from the Gurdwara (place of worship for Sikh community).

The society pledges to bear all the cost including the wedding party from the groom’s side and arranging the marriage function. The society has also stated that they will provide the newly-weds with basic necessities like bedding, closet, tin containers, and kitchen utensils, which are traditionally given by the bride’s side during marriage.

The society claims to have recently worked on the marriage of Kaushilya, 18, daughter of Manorath Pasi of Sikkhanpurwa, Heerminiya-6, with Pachu Pasi, 22, son of Ramu Pasi. According to Niranjan Sodhi of the society, around Rs40,000 was spent on the wedding.

Following grievances of the family that they had not been able to arrange for the marriage since long, the society had decided to take matters into their own hands. Both Manorath and Pachu were gracious to the society for successfully conducting the marriage.

“We will bear all the cost for the marriage given the bride and groom are of legal age and come with a recommendation from the VDC and concerned authorities proving that they are indeed economically deprived and unable to bear marriage costs,” Sodhi said. The parents and the couple have to file their application at the society along with their Nepali citizenship certificate, he said.

While Bageshwori Temple at Nepalgunj has also been carrying out such marriages, a specified amount has to be donated to the ‘guthi’ (temple trust) and the priest conducting the marriage.

However, the society at Sikkhanpur aims at providing the service specially benefiting the disabled and those belonging to impoverished communities.

The society stated that their religious head or custodian of the Gurdwara will conduct the marriage free of cost.

The society is affiliated to the USA based non-profit Shee Guru Nank Dev Society International that has been actively helping repair and reconstruct Gurdwaras in Nepal since the past year. Founder of the society, Manjit Singh, said that anyone regardless of their religious background can reach the Gurdwara at Sikkhanpur and get married given they are of legal age for marriage.

 

Published: 29-10-2014 08:52

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