Gujarat woman ‘will marry’, claims it would be India’s first ‘sologamy’
A 24-year-old woman has caused a stir in the town of Vadodara, Gujarat, when she announced she would be getting married by submitting to traditional Hindu wedding rituals on June 11.
Experts, however, have said that a “sologamy” or self-marriage would have no legal status in India.
Speaking about her intentions, Kshama Bindu said she wants to break stereotypes and inspire others who are “tired of finding true love”.
Bindu, who identifies as bisexual, has also claimed that her marriage will be the first case of sologamy in India.
“At some point in my life, I realized that I don’t need a prince charming because I’m my own queen. I want the wedding day, but not the day after. That’s why I decided to get married on June 11. I will dress like a bride, participate in rituals, my friends will attend my wedding and then I will come home instead of going with the groom,” she said. told reporters.
Bindu, who is a professional, added that her mother, who lives in another city, gave her consent for the unusual “groomless” marriage.
“I have already booked a pandit (priest) to perform my wedding. I have observed that unlike the West, self-weddings are not popular in India. Therefore, I decided to start this trend and to inspire others. People may not like my idea, I’m sure I’m doing the right thing,” she said.
Reacting to comments that she was doing it for publicity, Bindu said she was already popular on social media as an influencer.
“I just want to break stereotypes and inspire others to love themselves. There are people who are tired of finding love or getting divorced multiple times. Being bisexual, I was also in love with a man and a girl. ‘a woman in the past. But now I want to give myself all the love,’ she said.
Legal experts, however, say that sologamy has no legal basis in India.
“According to Indian laws, you cannot get married. There must be two people in a marriage. Sologamy is not legal,” senior High Court counsel Krishnakant Vakharia said.
Another senior lawyer, Chandrakant Gupta, said, “The Hindu Marriage Act uses the terminology ‘either spouse’ which simply means that there must be two people to enter into the marriage. Sologamy will never pass legal scrutiny.
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