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Couple holds copy of Constitution to take marriage vows: No rituals, no priest

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Shams Ur Rehman Alavi

BETUL: A marriage has become the talk of town in Betul as the couple consciously broke the traditions and didn't conduct any rituals in the wedding.

Darshan Bundele and Rajshree have been in love for many years. They belong to different castes.

However, their families had no objection to the alliance and they agreed to the couple's decision to marry without following any traditions. No rituals were conducted and they didn't even circumabulate the fire.

Instead, they held a copy of constitution and exchanged vows. There was no priest and no mantras were chanted. The invitation card had also been shared widely on social media earlier. It had no religious text or even the images, rather, the language was almost legal.

It was mentioned to the guests that the couple has decided to hold a wedding as 'right to marry is a component of the Right to Life under Article 21 of the Indian Constitution'. Hence, the relatives, friends and acquaintances were informed to come to the venue and attend the marriage.

It further said that 'using the fundamental right granted by constitution, they were marrying and requesting the presence of guests under Article 19, the right to assemblye peacefully and without arms, to give blessings. Darshan and Rajshree have been friends for many years and both are against casteism and caste based discriminations. 

The bride Rajshee said that Indian Constitution gives the right to choose to every citizen. 'The constitution gives us rights that no one can snatch. We must be aware about the rights, the right to freedom of choice, so that you can select your partner. Just like son or daughter listen to parents, the parents too should accept the choice of their son or daughter", she added.

Shams Ur Rehman Alavi

Journalist for more than 20 years. Had started his career with National Mail in the nineties. Worked as Special Correspondent with Hindustan Times, as an Assistant Editor with DB Post, later Contributing Editor with The Huffington Post, writes for First Post, The Wire, Newsd & several other major publications.