31 October, 2020

When You Get Hitched By The Tube

When You Get Hitched By The Tube
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It was a sting operation by a TV news channel to expose loopholes in the old Hindu Marriage Act and Mumbai Marriage Act. But for days together, it had everybody in Gujarat in a tizzy. The channel had ‘married’ off fresh-faced wicketkeeper Parthiv Patel to Richa Harilal Sharma. The news spread like wildfire and put the 19-year-old’s family through considerable embarrassment. A "shellshocked" Parthiv and his "stunned" family had a hell of a time denying the marriage after a major Gujarati daily carried the news. Quoting the TV channel, the paper reported the marriage had been solemnised at the old Ramnath Temple in Rajkot on September 16. The same day, the alliance was registered at the registrar’s office.

As the news broke, the phones just wouldn’t stop ringing at the Patel household. "How can I marry when I’m only 19? I’ve not visited Rajkot for months, let alone on September 16. I was very much in Ahmedabad that particular day," was Parthiv’s immediate reaction. "Show me my...

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