Raipur: Wedding is once in a lifetime moment and a tribal youth made this occasion even more hilarious when he tied the knot with two brides at the same venue and same time in trouble-torn Bastar, amidst the global gloom caused by the devastating Corona pandemic.
Twenty-one year old Chandu Maurya, internet sensation of the day and a resident of Tikra Lohanga, a village adjoining Jagdalpur which is considered as the nerve of Naxal-ravaged Bastar, made his love triangle, kind of a smash hit on the social media when he married both of his girl-friends at the same time. He was in a relationship with Haseena (19) and Sundari (21) for a long and both the girls were aware that their paramour Chandu also had an affair with the other girl.
However, love knows no bounds, as the famous saying goes, both the girls found themselves so deeply enamored with Chandu that they agreed to bury their differences and share their beau. In other words, they prepared themselves to marry Chandu, the love of their life.
Their resolve and choice to marry the same person notwithstanding, it was a herculean task to convince all three concerned families, villagers, and tribal chieftains. Their families, villagers, and tribal chieftains reconciled themselves amid intense debate and persuasions as days passed. Preparations for a low key traditional tribal function were kicked off soon.
However, it turned out to be sort of a carnival with the social media platforms going crazy over the wedding news. Video clips of both the brides preceding Chandu for traditional circumambulation around the sacred Yajna fire lit under Mandapa, a wooden pavilion covered with leaves of scared trees. The occasion was well attended by the family members, friends, villagers, tribal heads, and hordes of urban enthusiasts who never had a glimpse of a man tying the knot with two brides in the same Mandap.
Chandu Clad in white Dhoti-Kurta and his brides Haseena and Sundari in red Sarees resembled an admixture of traditional North Indian Hindu Vedic and tribal wedding.
Although, polygamy is illegal under the Hindu Marriage Act, 1955, and a violation could cause criminal prosecution by the state. Tribal society, nonetheless, has been exempted from the stringent provisions of the Hindu Marriage Act, given their unique and primitive social customs, usage, and traditions.
Polygamy, according to sociologists is prevalent among several tribes including North-Eastern Naga and Central Indian Gond, Muria and Baiga tribes. The practice is not viewed as misogynic among the tribal culture instead it is regarded as the harbinger of women’s freedom to choose their life partner.