In a story which looks like it is taken straight from a fiction movie, a bride in Haryana said she would marry the groom only if he agreed to fund education for 11 girls.
Poonam asked Sandeep to promise her while taking the marriage vows. Sandeep readily accepted to this in the presence of the guests who raised their hands as witness to the pledge.
Poonam is a post-graduate student from local government college. A close friend of Poonam who attended the wedding said, “Initially, everyone, including me, was in shock to hear her ask Sandeep to take a pledge before they head for the pheras. But when she elaborated and told the people present that she wanted her husband to sponsor the education of 11 girls, we were all happy.”
Poonam stated that eighth phera was introduced in Bhiwani by a Red Cross worker a few years ago. The eighth phera between the couple was a promise to never partake in female foeticide.
“But I know that most campaigns rarely see success. Keeping this in mind, I wanted to do something challenging and something that will really change some lives. I had been giving hints to my husband about a resolve I would want him to take and had told him I will reveal it at the right time. It is different as nobody takes such a pledge, and certainly not on wedding day. It is challenging because I will have to be an equal partner in ensuring that the pledge is fulfilled” said Poonam.