Ghaziabad: In a noble gesture, Bharat Vikas Parishad, an NGO, conducted the wedding of five couples belonging to the underprivileged section of the society at a community marriage ceremony in Crossings Republik on Thursday.
The couples entered into a nuptial knot in a ceremony marked by traditional rituals.
All the couples belonged to economically weaker section (EWS). Payal Tripathi, coordinator of the event, told City Spidey that they helped arrange the marriage of the girls whose families could not afford the cost of the wedding.
“They (families of the girls) had approached us for financial assistance to marry off their daughters. We raised enough money through donations not only to meet the expenses required for the wedding ceremony but also to ensure a start to the marital lives of the newlywed,” she said.
The brides are the daughters or relatives of the maidservants working in Crossings Republik high-rises. Among them are an orphan and a differently-abled girl.
Besides organising the ceremony, the Parishad gifted household items like beds, mattresses, wooden almirah, aluminium trunks, kitchen utensils and sewing machines to each of the couples. “Our purpose was not just to arrange their wedding, but to assist them in starting a new life,” said Payal.
Shanti, 19, is unable to walk properly as her left leg is affected by polio. Due to this disability, she has been finding it difficult to get a regular job. She says, “I’m happy that my father is relieved of the burden,” says she.
“My father, who works as a guard, is the sole breadwinner of the family. With the meagre salary that he earns, we can’t make both ends meet. With his little savings, the family could not have afforded my marriage.”
With the sewing machine she was gifted she is planning to start a tailoring business to earn a decent living. “Though unable to stand on my own, the sewing machine will make me stand on my own feet,” she quipped using a metaphor.
Members of the Parishad informed that the ceremony cost them Rs five lakh. “This is the first time we are low on donations and hence, had to start off with only five couples. Our aim is to make the next ceremony more grand,” said Kavit Bansal, president of the Parishad.
आर्थिक रूप से कमजोर 5 घरों की बेटियों की शादी करवाई गई
गाजियाबाद : आर्थिक रूप से कमजोर 5 घरों की बेटियों की शादी भारत विकास परिषद की ओर से करवाई गई। परिषद ने क्रॉसिंग रिपब्लिक शाखा की ओर से हुए इस कार्य में शादी करवाने के साथ जोड़ों को घरेलू सामान भी दिए गए। क्रॉसिंग रिपब्लिक शाखा के अध्यक्ष कवित बंसल ने बताया कि वसंत पंचमी के दिन आयोजित हुए कार्यक्रम में 5 जोड़ों का सामूहिक विवाह करवाया गया। कार्यक्रम की संयोजक पायल त्रिपाठी ने बताया कि इस प्रकार के कार्य न केवल समाज में एक अच्छा संदेश देते हैं बल्कि हम सभी कन्यादान जैसे शुभकार्य में शामिल होते हैं। इस मौके पर दीपशिखा माहेश्वरी, अशोक जैन, संदीप मेहरा आदि मौजूद रहे।
नवभारत टाइम्स : 1 February, 2020