Himachal Vacation Travel News
MANALI: Abducting girls for marriage on the occasion of August 15 celebrations in tribal Lahaul-Spiti district of Himachal was once a tradition which more or less was influenced by the poverty. There are hundreds of tribals who liked girls at first sight on August 15 festivity, abducted them and made ‘Kuji Vivah’ (abducted marriage) with them.
|The picturesque Keylong town, the district headquarters of Lahaul-Spiti|
Sher Singh Bodh, resident of Keylong believes that poverty was the main reason of this kind of marriages among tribals as people were saving marriage expenses but money being crisis no more, marriages are celebrated with pomp. “Parents of many abducted girls used to be happy that time. People are well educated now. They don’t believe in such acts,” he said. Bodh added that many villages have put a complete ban on eloping with girl during August 15.
Lahaul-Spiti public relation officer Sher Singh said now people do not get to hear such stories. “In most of the cases, whole thing used to be preplanned by both boy and girl. There were very few incidents of abducting girl forcibly,” he said.
Not only Lahaul-Spiti but thousands of people from across the state join the three day-long festivity in Keylong. However, there are many types of social and family pressures on the youngsters, but still they join the fair looking for someone special.