Her interest was not the money to be paid as her bride price but how to fund girl-child education. This led a young lady to place a demand for construction of girl’s hostel instead of bride price and the internet is impressed with this move.
A bride in Rajasthan, a state in Northern India, requested that the amount supposed to be paid for her dowry be used for the construction of a girls’ hostel instead. Anjali Kanwar, the daughter of Kishore Singh Kanod in Barmer city, married Praveen Singh on November 21.
Reports published in Dainik Bhaskar, had it that Anjali approached her father before the wedding and told him that the money set aside for her dowry should instead go towards the construction of a girls’ hostel. Kishore Singh Kanod agreed and donated 75 lakh (about $100,000) for the construction, as per his daughter’s wishes.
It was a move widely praised on social media. A clipping of the news article was shared on Twitter by Tribhuwan Singh Rathore, the Rawat of Barmer.
According to the report, Anjali approached Mahant Pratap Puri after wedding rituals were completed and expressed her wish in a letter, which he read out to the assembled guests. Loud applause greeted the announcement, and her father presented Anjali with a blank cheque, asking her to fill in the desired amount.
Mahant Pratap Puri, who is the current head of Taratara math, praised the initiative, saying the putting money aside for the betterment of society and talking about girls’ education at the time of kanyadaan was in itself an inspirational act.
According to Patrika, he also announced that Mr Kanod had already announced a grant for the construction of a hostel, but additional funds of 50 to 75 lakh were required to complete the construction. The amount was made available thanks to his daughter.