Published: 25th June 2018
Meet the man who opposed the dowry system and planted 1001 saplings instead
Saroj Kanta Biswal, is a school teacher in Odisha who asked for 1001 saplings for his wedding, instead of dowry for his wedding
A 33-year-old school teacher refused dowry and instead received 1001 saplings as wedding gift with the brides parents agreeing to the unusual pre-condition set by the man in Odisha's Kendrapara district.
The bridegroom, Saroj Kanta Biswal said that he was nature lover, right from his childhood. "I was opposed to dowry system in marriage. Besides I am a nature lover right from my childhood days. That's why I had insisted on receiving 1001 saplings of fruit-bearing trees," Biswal said.
The marriage was solemnised in an austere manner and there was no band party or firecracker show, said Ranjan Pradhan, a resident of bride's village in Adampur under Marshaghai tehsil of the district. The most absorbing aspect the unique marriage was that the bridegroom was gifted with 1001 saplings as desired by him during marriage negotiation, said Pradhan.
"My spouse Rashmirekha Paitala is also a school teacher and she is quite happy over my decision to refuse dowry and receive saplings instead," Biswal added.