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Ancient ritual ‘ROKA’ is a social evil and needs to be condemned, says Delhi High Court

The involvement of money and materialisation of 'Roka' ceremonies creates conflict among the two sides in marriage

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New Delhi, Sept 08, 2016: During the pre-wedding engagement ceremony, commonly known as ‘Roka’ there is the ancient ritual where the girl’s family gives the groom-to-be shagun (money in Hindi) and other gifts to signify that the couple is officially engaged and can court openly. During a recent hearing of a divorce appeal, the Delhi High Court condemned this tradition as a social evil.

A bench of Justices Pradeep Nandrajog and Pratibha Ranni were hearing an appeal for divorce on the grounds of cruelty and desertion. The man claimed that the woman had complained about the bad quality of the gifts received during their ‘roka’ in August 2006, while the woman claimed that the man’s family had issues with the money and gifts provided by her father.

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Is over exaggeration of a beautiful ceremony required? Source: Pixabay
Is over exaggeration of a beautiful ceremony required? Source: Pixabay

According to reports, the High Court observed, “The ceremony of Roka goes back approximately 25 years ago. Under this, a couple is treated as a kind of a chattel. Its significance is that on the account of money given by the family of the female to the male, it is conveyed to the society that neither would henceforth scout for a life partner – the search for a life partner is stopped: Roka. It is a social evil which needs to be condemned. It entails useless expenditure and in many cases, becomes the source of future bickering. A Judge has no means to fly back in time to see what had happened.”

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The couple has been granted the divorce, even though the High Court has debunked the allegations of cruelty and desertion. The bench noted, “The propensity is to throw all and sundry at the opposite party hoping that something would stick. The same is the story in the instant case.”

It was brought to the court’s notice that the man suffered from alcoholism, which led to bouts of depression. The bench concluded, “We bring down the curtains by holding that neither cruelty nor desertion has been proved. The girl’s desire to live with her husband has been established through her testimony and admissions made by the husband, provided he takes antidepressants.”

– prepared by Arya Sharan of NewsGram with inputs from various agencies.

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Paytm To Invest Rs.250 Crores For Its Travel Business

Digital payments firm Paytm on Thursday announced to invest Rs 250 crore in its travel business over the next six months to scale up product and technology team for new business

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The company has chosen Bengaluru as the base of operations for its travel Business with a teame of over 300 members. Pixabay

Digital payments firm Paytm on Thursday announced to invest Rs 250 crore in its travel business over the next six months to scale up product and technology team and set up new business verticals.

According to the company, owned by One97 Communications, it has sold over 100 million tickets within just three years of operations.

“We continue to witness strong growth in tier 2 and 3 cities, which accounts for over 65 per cent of our new customers. This investment will help us further bolster our position as a dominant player in the travel booking space,” said Abhishek Rajan, Senior Vice President at Paytm Travel.

The company claimed that it sells more than six million travel tickets every month and is targeting to grow by 100 per cent in the current financial year.

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Paytm Travel has launched several product innovations like free cancellation that starts as low as Rs 99 for flights and Rs 9 for bus. Wikimedia Commons

With a customer base of more than 15 million and annual GMV of $1 billion, Paytm has quickly risen to become a leading online travel booking destination in India.

Since its inception, Paytm Travel has launched several product innovations like free cancellation that starts as low as Rs 99 for flights and Rs 9 for bus, zero cancellation-processing fee on flight tickets and instant refunds among others.

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“Our users have saved more than 60 crore from our free cancellation feature on flight and bus ticket bookings,” added Rajan.

The company has chosen Bengaluru as the base of operations for its travel Business with a teame of over 300 members. (IANS)