In today’s day and time, bachelors complaining about difficulty in finding a bride is not an uncommon sight. A skewed male-female ratio across the nation is a cause of disappointment among young men in most parts of the country.
But a group of unmarried youth in Maharashtra did something unique to combat the matrimonial misery plaguing their lives. They decided to form a committee and even organise a march. The “bridegroom morcha” was formed in the Solapur district, where bachelors took out a rally seeking brides.
‘Band baja and baraat’
On Wednesday, 50 eligible bachelors, clad in wedding costumes, riding horses amid “band and baaja”, took the mock ‘baraat’ to the Solapur collector’s office instead of a marriage hall.
Their sole mission was to highlight the skewed male-female ratio in Maharashtra, which has caused matrimonial distress among the youth in the state.
Upon reaching the destination, they even submitted a memorandum addressed to chief minister Eknath Shinde. The petition requested the state government to find a match for those who participated in the march.
According to the data of 2022, the sex ratio of India is 1020 females per 1000 males. In rural areas, the ratio is 1037; meanwhile, in urban areas, it is 985 females to 1000 males.
Dejected men speak up
In a chat with TOI, a 37-year-old man, among the said 50 individuals, said he has been “battling depression due to the failure to get a bride.”
He said, “I am an electrical engineer and had a decent-paying job till two years ago. But I could not find a life partner. My depression has now become a medical problem and I am on medicines for the past two years.” He further said the reason for losing the job was his inability to find a suitable bride.
Another participant in the procession said, “I lost my father due to a heart attack. He developed health issues only because of constant concern over my marriage, which was not taking place despite all attempts.”
Fake promises by scammers
The head of Jyoti Kranti Parishad, Ramesh Baraskar, said he has been getting numerous calls from young men seeking help to find brides. The said social outfit organised the eccentric rally.
“I have been working at the grassroot level for many years. Several times, the young men approach me to find suitable brides,” he said.
Bhaskar revealed that these men also get duped by scammers who give them fake assurances of finding suitable partners. He said around 100-150 men are leading a bachelor’s life in every village of Maharashtra.
‘Government must address’ this issue
Talking about the side effects of youths remaining unmarried, he said that this phenomenon pushes the young generation into several forms of addiction. With no option left, their parents keep complaining about the social stigma.
“It is a social issue and the government must address it,” he added. Their petition stated that the Maharashtra government must take measures to stop female feticide.
Bhaskar called for stricter implementation of the PCPNDT Act, claiming that illegal abortions occur secretly in Maharashtra’s border districts.
“Many go to adjoining states to get the sex determination and illegal abortions done,” he said.
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