Most people dream of a lavish wedding but the reality in India is that expensive wedding celebrations and heavy dowry demands end up making brides’ lives miserable and ruining their families. The very concept of marriage has been turned into a transaction, with no value placed on the people or the relationship. But this can change, and it is up to girls and their families to say NO to dowry, to insist on simple ceremonies and restore the sanctity of the wedding bond.
Throughout the world the wedding day is considered the most important and exciting day in the life of a man and woman. In India, it has become more than that – on the surface there is festivity and rejoicing, scratch a little deeper and the agony is revealed.
Komal Sethi, who hails from New Delhi, was raised to believe in the traditional Indian values surrounding marriage. She finally raised her voice in protest against the injustices heaped on her by her spouse, when her life and well-being were seriously threatened.