Groom for Green: Teacher’s ‘dowry’ demand pleasantly surprised many

Kendrapara: Setting an example for those who still consider dowry as an obligation in giving and taking, a marriage in Balabhadrapur village under Pattamundai block of Kendrapara district was solemnised in a unique way where the groom demanded 1001 saplings as ‘dowry’ from his in-laws here on Saturday.

The groom, Saroj Kanta Biswal, a Science teacher by profession, had urged the bride’s family during their ring ceremony about his wish to take only 1001 saplings as he was against dowry system since his childhood days.

Being a nature lover was another reason why Biswal set such an example that earned him accolades and appreciation from one and all.

Every single person in the ‘Baraat’ along with other guests who had come to grace the marriage were seen holding a sapling during the wedding.

“My in-laws said that if not dowry, they would give me something else as a gift. Being the convener of seven different organisations, I insisted them to give me 1001 saplings of fruit bearing trees as dowry. That will give a message to people and support my cause of protecting the environment.”

“I am very happy with his decision. He didn’t take any dowry. This was an ideal wedding any girl would love to have,” expressed his wife, Rashmirekha Patala.

“This marriage is a path breaking instance that opened the eyes of everyone. This was a small effort towards protecting the mother earth and a silent campaign against dowry menace,” said Nihar Ranjan Biswal, a local.

The wedding was also unique for neither using a music band nor fire crackers and also barring polythene use throughout the ceremony with the objective of carrying forward anti-dowry initiative and saving environment.