BENGALURU: Sri Kurumba Educational and Charitable Trust, the Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) wing of SOBHA Limited organised the first edition of this year’s dowry-less social wedding ceremony at Palakkad in Kerala on 18 May.
The wedding, which is conducted twice a year, saw 20 couples tie the knot during the ceremony. The girls are selected from 7149 Below the Poverty Line (BPL) families in Vadakkenchery, Kizhakkenchery and Kannambra panchayats in Palakkad district of the Kerala.
This initiative witnesses an average of about 40 girls getting married every year with the help of the Trust.
JC Sharma, Vice Chairman and Managing Director, SOBHA Limited said, “Making a meaningful contribution to the society is our constant endeavour and social wedding is one of our key initiatives towards that effort.”
“Till date, we have been able to help and support about 590 girls from the economically weaker sections of the society through our initiative. More than 1000 people witnessed this ceremony. It is very transformative and brings a change in the mindset of the society at large.”, he said
Trust takes responsibility of the ceremony and provides pre-marriage counselling to the families of the brides and bridegrooms. It also monitors their married life at regular intervals and offers necessary guidance.