This single mom performed her daughter’s Kanyadaan, giving patriarchy one tight slap!

Meet Rajeshwari Sharma, a single mom who's eschewed a gazillion regressive traditions in order to cut slit patriarchy from the roots. 

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Varun Suresh

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If you don't already know, in a traditional Tamil Brahmin marriage, the daughter sits on the lap of her father while tying the knot. So when Sandhya and her Australian beau Sam married in Chennai last year, it was Rajeshwari who performed the ritual.  

Rajeshwari wanted to be part of her daughter's wedding not in a way most single mom's across India do, but in a way she truly wanted. That's why she became the person who would bless her daughter on her wedding day. 

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“The wedding was an explosion of happiness which is not the case in most south Indian weddings as people are largely preoccupied with the ritualistic aspects of it more than the celebratory,” Varun Suresh, the wedding photographer told The Independent.

Hindu weddings, that are usually loaded with millions of traditions and customs one dare not change, are sometimes too crude. I am sure, all of us have witnessed one such incidence where a single mother, a widow, a divorced woman has been asked to withdraw from the ceremonies for the alleged 'ill' fate that she carries. 

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All of this, which was coined by misogynist men in past, is what millions of people in a progressive India swear by, except for a few women like Rajeshwari. 

Rajeshwari and her husband divorced after 17 years of their marriage. 

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