One of the women, Sunita, brought from West Bengal more than four decades ago said the fixing of nameplate in her name had given her new identity after decades.
Team Haryana First
The nameplates bearing the names of brides brought into Haryana from outside states have been put outside a few houses in Farrukhnagar’s Kharkari village here as part of a campaign to ensure greater social acceptance and status for these women.
Launching the campaign, “Selfie with Daughter Foundation” founder Sunil Jaglan said the aim of the initiative taken by his non-government organisation was to eradicate the practice of sale and purchase of brides from outside states, ensure social, economic and political participation of these women and seek a special economic package for them from the state government. He said his organisation also aimed to initiate marriage registration for these women.
One of the women, Sunita, brought from West Bengal more than four decades ago said the fixing of nameplate in her name had given her new identity after decades. She said that she felt proud of herself. Similarly, Pooja, who was brought from Gujarat 42 years ago, said she now felt a sense of belonging to the house and the village. The foundation fixed the nameplates outside four houses.
“Even after having spent the lifetime in Haryana, these women are treated as outcasts. Though Pooja was married to an Ahir farmer, she too had to bring bride for her son from outside Haryana. None in the Ahir community was ready to marry their daughter to her family. These women are addressed as Molki, Paro etc, meaning they have been purchased,” said Mr. Jaglan.
He claimed that around 1.30 lakh women have been brought to Haryana from outside states for marriage mostly due to highly skewed sex ratio due to infanticide. “The campaign in Kharkari village makes it the first village in the country to have the nameplates of brides from other states fixed outside their homes,” claimed Mr. Jaglan.
(Names of the women have been changed to protect their identity).