In Kolhapur, Maharashtra, home to several reformists, a 45-year-old widowed mother realized she needed companionship and remarried a man who realized she needed to fight social stigma. bottom.
Yuvaraj Shele, 23, lost his father in a car accident five years ago, leaving his mother Ratna devastated.
“The loss of my father when I was 18 was a huge shock to me. ‘,’ Shele told PTI.
Shele noticed a noticeable difference in the number of social events her mother was invited to after her father’s death, which affected her psychologically.
When Shele became the breadwinner of the family, he realized that his mother needed companionship because she was home alone and had minimal interaction with neighbors.
“My mother was married to my father for nearly 25 years. When a man loses his wife, society takes it for granted that he should remarry. I decided to persuade her to let me go,” said Shele, a part-time worker.
In a city steeped in traditional values like Kolhapur, it was not easy to persuade his close-knit community of kin and neighbors.
But with the help of a few friends and relatives, Shele began the arduous task of hunting grooms for her mother.
“Fortunately, Marti Ganwat came along and through some contacts I got to know him. “It’s still a special day for me because I was able to find my mom is the right partner,” Shele said.
In an interview with PTI, Ganwat said, “I lived a lonely life for some years. After meeting Ratna and talking to her, I felt that I could live with this family. They are real people.” Remarrying was a difficult decision for Ratna, as she was not ready to forget her late husband.
“At first I was against it. I had no intention of forgetting my husband. But after talking about this issue, I was convinced. I also asked myself if I wanted to live the rest of my life alone. ”. Latona tied two weeks ago.
Last year, Kolhapur’s Herwad village grabbed headlines after passing a resolution to abolish practices related to widows, such as banishing widowed women for not inviting them to social and cultural events.
The Maharashtra government then issued an official decree directing all civil society groups to ensure that such practices are not observed within their jurisdiction.
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