Celebrate Making A Difference

Shalem and Kim

“I never liked the idea of having a monetary transaction in a marriage as it is not a business deal.”

How long have you been married? What do you both do? Is there anything else that you’d like to share?
We’ve been married for about two months. I work with Made to Create (A project of Art for Change Foundation) and she is from the public health background.

So, how did you both meet?
We met in church.

Satya and Esther

“My father always held the opinion that the practice of taking dowry is ‘inhuman’ and needs to be addressed. According to him, if the bride’s family has to ‘pay’ for the groom, he should work for them as a ‘slave’. My sister got married to the son of an old friend of my father. When they asked for dowry, my dad unflinchingly broke off the relationship.”

Raaj and Geeta

“I remember telling Raaj, ‘If your family asks for dowry, I’m not getting married.’ And he said, ‘If my family asks for dowry, then I’m not getting married!’”

What do both the spouses do? How long have they been married?
Raaj:
We have been married for 20 years now. I have been working in the field of development for the last 20 years and continue to serve with a NGO.

Geeta: I am leading an organization called Ashish which works for children with special needs, mainly autism.

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