Rajasthan Tentwallahs Refused To Supply Wedding Tents For Child Marriages

One might think that a wedding tent supplier might be in favour of weddings of any form because it will boost their business but it is not the case with Rajasthan. They are joining in the battle to fight the tradition of child marriages in India. Rajasthan decided to become part of the movement in order to put a stop to the highest rates when it comes to early marriages in their homeland.

Currently, the Tent Dealers Welfare Samiti Association of Rajasthan has over 9,000 members. They are now requiring brides and grooms to present their birth certificates before they agree with supplying wedding tents.

In the country, the legal age for marriage is 18 years old for women while for men it is 21 years old. According to the estimates provided by the charity called Girls Not Brides, the rate of child marriages occurring in Rajasthan is as high as 65 per cent while in Bihar it is close to 70 per cent.

In a statement by the president of the association of tent dealers, Ravi Jindal, they have already prevented around 80 child marriages from occurring in Rajasthan within the last two years. In an interview with Thomson Reuters Foundation, he expressed that they wanted to awaken the people that the practice is wrong and it should not be implemented. The association goes to the police in order to complain as well as the headman of the village. They are the ones who are in power to intervene. Pressure is placed on these officials if they do not do their job.

Jindal admitted that despite what they are doing, even if thousands of suppliers all over the state have already practiced the same requirement, the practice continues to grow.

Rajasthan is a state known for its palaces and forts and the number of weddings are on the rise especially during the festival of Akshaya Tritiya which is held in the months of April and May. This is when they are most careful in renting.

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