A ‘one-way’ wedding: In Uttarakhand red zone, brides come to wed grooms

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PITHORAGARH: In a Covid-hit village of Uttarakhand without medical facilities or doctors, two weddings have set an example. Instead of the groom going to fetch the bride and then returning, which would have caused people — baratis — moving out twice, the brides came to their new home with less than five persons, wed the grooms and stayed put in the village. Tradition? Well, it had to be tweaked a bit keeping in mind the current crisis.
Swala village, some 30km from

Champawat

town, with a population of around 350 people, was declared a containment zone on May 11 after almost 50 people tested Covid-19 positive. The villagers were not permitted to step out. However, two weddings, which had already been fixed, were allowed to be solemnised.
Priyanka Binwal

of

Punabe village

was to marry Prakash

Bhatt

of Swala on May 12. It was then quickly decided that the bride would go to the groom’s village and the matter would rest there. After getting the go-ahead from a district administration official, Binwal left for Swala with her father, mother and a

priest

. Together with the driver, a total of five people reached Swala. The small group was dressed for the occasion, their PPE kits slung over their fine clothes. Binwal stayed back, the four others returned to Punabe and into quarantine.
A second wedding was solemnised on Friday in a similar manner. Ishwar Datt of

Swala village

was to wed Preeti Bhatt of Srinagar village, Lohaghat. After taking permission from the administration, Bhatt and her parents reached Swala and with the help of just a local priest concluded the ceremony. There was no fuss. Her parents are now in home isolation in their native village.

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