These Brides Came With Their Own Baraat And Their Entire Community Follows This Tradition. We Love Everything About This
If I sit and point out the very obvious ways our society enforces gender stereotypes and sexism, I will feel like I am sistersplaining. It’s safe to assume that all of us have experienced it first-hand several times and in varying magnitudes. Maybe some of us fail to see the subtle sexism that we go through and sometimes even contribute to, unknowingly and on a subconscious level. And if you want to look at a great demonstration of this, go to any Indian wedding and watch people not just participate in sexism but rather celebrate while at it. Most cultures in our country treat the ladkewaale like VIPs and somehow the ladkiwaale are supposed to be the side that’s taking all the blows, making sure that the other side has no complaints.
Of course, millennials are changing that and how. We may be a confused generation, which is collectively fucking up the whole concept of love and dating, but when it comes to breaking stereotypes, we have our shit together. We are a generation that will not accept sexism and gender bias because we know better. Madhya Pradesh-based sisters Sakshi and Srishti from the Patidar community proved just that and how.
They broke gender stereotypes by riding horses and getting their baraats to reach the houses of their respective grooms. While I don’t support horse-riding as part of the tradition, I am glad that they not only defied the societal norms and not just that, their entire community supported them. This is a tradition that the Patidar community has been following, as their contribution to women empowerment and it’s really inspiring!
Madhya Pradesh: Sakshi and Srishti, two sisters who had their wedding ceremonies on 22nd January, took out their own wedding procession (baraat) and rode horses to reach houses of their grooms in Khandwa, as a tradition followed by Patidar community. pic.twitter.com/80o27FtZuY
— ANI (@ANI) January 24, 2020
The father of the brides told ANI, “This is an age-long tradition of Patidar community. It is the responsibility of the society to help the govt in their campaign of ‘Beti Bachao‘. Daughters should be treated equally as men in society. This is the motive behind this tradition.” He further added, “I urge the people of other communities to adopt this tradition and give respect to our daughters.”
Srishti also expressed how she is grateful to be part of the Patidar community, “I feel proud to be part of this community and that they have been following this tradition.” The sisters wore pagdis, which is a symbol of honour in our society and has been reserved for the men. They also carried swords, which grooms carry as a symbol of strength and brawn to protect their wives from any harm.
Several millennial brides have been arriving to their wedding in style, with their own baraat because why should boys have all the fun? But this is the first time that I have heard an entire community working towards this cause and I really wish that in ways big or small, other communities can contribute to doing away with sexism in our country.
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