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Support Shilaben's Community Marriage Initiative for Tribal Couples
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    Neha Patel

    from Gujrat


The city of Navsari in Gujrat is home to a sizeable tribal community. Neha Patel ji who works closely in the region along with her mother Shilaben Patel, spent time with the Schedule Tribe families last month. She heard unbelievable stories of abject poverty in the poor Tribal communities.

These families are so poor that they cannot even perform a simple ceremony for the marriage of their young people. They have developed a ritual called the “Biscuit Rasm” (biscuit ritual) which has now become prevalent in the ST community. In this ritual, the bride's family offers a few Parle-G biscuits to groom's family which symbolizes the marriage.

The couple start off a new chapter of their lives in such a manner with no formal marriage solemnized. There are hundreds of such couples who live together as husband and wife after this ritual. Apart from the social angle, such marriage does not confer any legal sanctity and especially exposes the brides to risks in case the union does not work.

A Resolve to bring dignity to these marriages

The mother and daughter duo Shilaben and Neha Patel decided to bring dignity and a little celebration to these marriages. This has led them to organize a community marriage on 19th April 2019, Shradha Mandir at village Kavrej, Vasda Tehsil, Navsari, Gujrat for of 35 couples from Tribal community. They are supported in their endeavour by Jan Swabhiman Welfare Society.


Marriage expense for each couple is estimated to cost around INR 30 thousand. This includes the cost of clothes for bride & groom, gifts and wedding arrangements. The total amount for the marriage for the 35 couples is expected to be around INR 10.5 lakh

Goal of this Campaign

The goal of this campaign is to raise INR 10.5 lakh towards marriage expense so that the couples can be married with no financial burden to them. We request you to bless these young couples with your generous donations so that the marriage can be solemnized

About Me

My name is Ashutosh Joshi and I am based in Delhi-NCR working as Manager Finance for a large MNC. Inspired by the dynamic leadership of our Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi, I have decided to do my bit by helping our Nation’s grass root heroes. I am the moderator of this campaign. I have raised upwards of INR 85 lakh for our grass root heroes in the campaigns listed below:

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