29 Dec '16, 2am

Indian diamond trader throws mass wedding for fatherless brides

Indian diamond trader throws mass wedding for fatherless brides

AHMEDABAD, INDIA (AFP) – An Indian diamond trader has thrown a mass wedding for more than 200 fatherless brides and given each of them gifts worth thousands of dollars, to help poor women start a new life. Mr Mahesh Savani performed the Hindu wedding ritual of "Kanyadaan" – the practice of giving away one’s daughter in marriage – for 236 fatherless brides from poor families at a mega-wedding event in the western state of Gujarat at Christmas. Mr Savani, who believes that giving away brides is a blessing from God, has been organising similar mass weddings every year since 2012. See also: See how Mr Savani got into helping these fatherless women in this story . “With Sunday’s mass wedding, I have become a proud father to have performed ‘kanyadaan’ of over 700 girls,” he told AFP. Hundreds of brides in colourful ethnic attire and ornate jewellery performed their wedding ritua...

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