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Vineeth Thomas*

"Most of the times, the tradition of dowry is imposed upon youngsters by their parents and relatives. They generally just go along with it unthinkingly."

Vineeth Thomas (name changed upon request)

What are your views on the idea of ‘the big fat Indian wedding’? Do you think it is necessary? Why/why not?

It is not necessary but you need to invite all the people you know. Making the wedding overtly grand and lavish could be avoided. As for me, I do not want it to be ostentatious.

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Shivani

“People usually ask the girls’ families to not cave in and give dowry, but I think the boys’ parents should be convinced of the ills of this practice. This is important for the tradition of wedding dowry to end because, if pressurised, the chances of the girls’ families complying are greater.”

Shivani, MNC

What are your views on the idea of ‘the big fat Indian wedding’? Do you think it is necessary? Why/why not?

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Prem Kurien Joseph

“Earlier, it probably was a matter of shame for the girl’s family if they did not give dowry. But now, a culture should be created that would bring shame upon the guy’s family if they demand or receive dowry. Unless people are made to feel embarrassed or awkward, they would not stop this practice.”

Prem Kurien Joseph, Software Engineer

What are your views on the idea of ‘the big fat Indian wedding’? Do you think it is necessary? Why/why not?

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