Instead Of Dowry, Groom Stuns Father-In-Law By Asking For 1,001 Tree Saplings

Ridhima Gupta Odisha

June 25th, 2018 / 5:52 PM

Odisha Teacher Dowrey Tree Saplings

Image Credits: Hindustan Times

In an attempt to spread environmental awareness, an Odisha school teacher asked for an unusual present from his would-be father-in-law. The 32-year-old demanded 1,001 tree saplings as a token of gift to the couple. He says it was his childhood dream to have a “green wedding”.

On June 21, Sarojkanta Biswal of coastal Kendrapara village in Odisha received 1,001 tree saplings from his bride’s father. Earlier, Sarojkanta, who teaches science at Jagannath Vidyapith school in the village, startled his would-be father-in-law by refusing to take dowry. After which the father insisted him to at least accept something, as it is a custom in their society. After which, Biswal made his unusual request of tree saplings to his would-be father-in-law.

“I had promised myself that I would never take dowry. We are taught as a child that dowry is ethically wrong. I am just following what I was taught by my teachers.” said Biswal while talking to The Logical Indian.



“I am against any kind of dowry but my father-in-law insisted on it, so I asked him to give me 1,001 saplings of fruit-bearing trees,” he added.

The bride’s father soon accepted Biswal’s astonishing demand. A day before the marriage possession he sent tree saplings, which Biswal carried in a small van the next day.

Biswal and his wife, Rashmi, who is also a teacher, distributed some 700 mango and bakul saplings among the villagers.


Sarojkanta Biswal with his wife

To make it an all “green wedding”, the family avoided bursting firecrackers and DJ music during the time of marriage procession.

Biswal is also an active member of ‘Vikas Parishad,’ an organisation that aims to preserve the environment. “We encourage people to plant trees, our motto is “Gachha Ti Pai Saathi Tiye” which means there should be one friend for every tree. I have been spreading the message of the need to plant trees and save the planet from global warming and climate change,” said newly-wedded Biswal.

He also says that he has specially chosen the fruit-bearing trees, as it would incline the people to take care of the saplings.

Rashmi, a school teacher in Cuttack hails from Belana, 60 km away from Kendrapara village, is happy about his husband’s way of accepting the dowry. She says that if everyone follows his example then, the people can save the environment.



After the marriage, Biswal’s family hosted a reception in honour of the new bride. The family distributed over 300 saplings that they had got as “dowry”. To keep the function environment- friendly, the family in their invitation card requested the villagers to not get any plastic articles.



Biswal is now a happy man, he feels his wedding can be an example for other people. He adds that the government should encourage people to take such steps.

“I am extremely proud of my son-in-law. He has shown that environment can be saved by deed, not mere words,” said Maheswar Paital, his father-in-law.


Also read: This Mumbai Family Planted Over 5,500 Saplings In 17 Years, Turning Barren Land Into Butterfly Garden


Contributors

Written by :

Edited by :

Related Stories

Jharkhand Hockey Plyers Hanging

Exclusive: “My Daughter Was Murdered,” Says Father Of Jharkhand Hockey Player Found Hanging From A Tree

Gurdwara Sapling Prasad Delhi

Delhi Gurdwaras To Distribute Saplings As Prasad

30-Yr-Old Gomathi Stuns Everyone, Creates History By Winning India’s First Gold At Asian Athletics Championships

Bride Gang-Raped Uttar Pradesh

UP: Bride Gang-Raped By Husband & Brother-In-Law On Wedding Night Over Dowry

Trees Fell Modi Visit

Odisha: Over 1,000 Saplings Chopped Before PM Visit; Railway Officials Denied Claim

Lakshya Sen

16-Yr-Old Stuns World No 1 To Win Gold In 2018 Badminton Asia Junior Championships

Latest on The Logical Indian

Environment

While Delhi Chokes, 25 Of 29 MPs Miss Crucial Meeting On Tackling Air Pollution

Good Governance

Karnataka: No Chips, Pizzas, Burgers In, Around Schools Anymore, Govt To Ban Sale Of Junk Food

News

“A Muslim Can’t Teach Us”, BHU Students Oppose Appointment Of Professor In Sanskrit Dept

Exclusive

Indian PhD Scholar Wins BRICS Young Scientist Award For Inventing Affrodable Milk Chilling Technology

Good Governance

Telangana Gets Its First Child-Friendly Police Station; Inaugurated By 7-year-old On Children’s Day

Environment

To Combat Air Pollution, This IRS Officer Has Created Over 20 ‘Micro Jungles’ Across The Nation

x

Stories that deserve attention, delivered to your inbox!

Handpicked, newsworthy stories which deserve the attention of a rational generation.