Shivkanya Karoda during ‘mamera’ ahead of her wedding in Chitramod village near Sanawad town in Khargone district
Shivkanya Karoda during ‘mamera’ ahead of her wedding in Chitramod village near Sanawad town in Khargone district
Shyam Maheshwari

Sanawad: Breaching the patriarchal ideology, a family here allowed its daughter, a bride-to-be to ride a horse ahead of her wedding. This was the first of its kind procession taken out in Chitramod village near Sanawad town in Khargone district on Thursday wherein Karoda family let its 21-year-old graduate daughter Shivkanya to mount a horse for the procession that headed to her maternal uncle’s place for ‘mamera’ (pre-wedding function in which maternal uncle give gifts). It was an all-women procession aimed to promote gender equality.

Normally, processions are not taken out for ‘mamera’. As a result, it surprised villagers who saw for the first time a would-be-bride riding a horse in an all-women procession.

The bride’s family members who celebrated the day in style said daughters should be treated at par with sons. It is the responsibility of society to help government in 'Beti Bachao, Beti Padhao' drive. “This was the motive behind organising the procession", one of the family members told Free Press.

However, she is not the first bride to ride a horse for a wedding function in Nimar region. On January 22 this year, two sisters Sakshi and Srishti, took out their marriage procession and rode horses to grooms’ place in Khandwa as part of tradition followed by Patidar community.

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