A 30-year-old Indian feminist put up an unusual matrimonial ad in a newspaper that triggered a wave of emotions for the applicants and the readers both.
The ad went viral on social media, throwing away netizens in fits of laughter, after Indian comedian, Aditi Mittal Tweeted the clipping of it on the bird app.
The demands were extraordinary coming from a woman residing in a patriarchal society. This is how it went: opinionated feminist with short hair and piercings, who is a woman over 30 years of age and educated, worked in the “social sector, against capitalism” was seeking a “handsome, well-built” groom strictly between 25 to 28 years of age. Other requirements were: he should be the only son with an established business, a bungalow, or at least a 20-acre farmhouse.
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The last demand was a bit too unbelievable as it particularly asked for non-farters and non-burpers.
As it is humanly not possible, lol, the BBC reached out to the person through the email mentioned in the ad, to find out the reality.
Turns out it was a prank that three people Sakshi, her brother Srijan and her bestfriend Damyanti (not their real names) pulled off on Sakshi’s 30th birthday.
They chose to remain anonymous as they’re doing well in their lives and do not want to be a victim of online trolling.
This is how the prank panned out:
“It was a small prank we played for Sakshi’s 30th birthday,” said Srijan.
“Turning 30 is a milestone, especially because of all the conversation in our society around marriage. As you turn 30, your family and society start putting pressure on you to get married and settle down,” he said.
A night before her birthday, Srijan gifted her a scroll paper that had an email ([email protected]) with a password written on it.
What was supposed to be a harmless prank brought about its repercussions as it hurt men’s egos. She got hate mails with people giving her death threats, to calling her ‘toxic’ and asking her to ‘make her own money.’
While, on the other hand, for Sakshi it was a way to call out society’s patriarchal norms.
“You can’t say such things out loud. Men ask for tall, slim beautiful brides all the time, they brag about their wealth, but when the tables are turned, they can’t stomach it. How could a woman set such criteria?” she said.
“Do you send such triggered emails to all the sexist, casteist ‘bride wanted’ adverts that appear in the papers every day? If not, then you need to curb your patriarchy.”
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