Good Sports: FOSTER FATHER TO BRIDES
Mahesh Savani, an Indian diamond trader, spent more than Rs. 50 million on a mass wedding in Gujarat last month for 151 couples. Each of the brides did not have a father to pay for her wedding.
“Only someone who has lost her father can understand how much a girl needs her dad on her wedding day,” one of the brides, Vimla Koringa, 27, told the Associated Press.
Savani has been paying for weddings for fatherless brides from poor families since 2008, when one of his employees died just before his two daughters were to get married.
Savani helps the brides begin their new life, presenting them with gold jewelry, clothes, and pots and pans.
“I see this as something sacred, so I am not counting the expense,” Savani said.
Compiled and partly written by Indian humorist MELVIN DURAI, author of the novel Bala Takes the Plunge.
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