A groom turned his bride’s dream into reality by hiring a helicopter for their wedding. Siyaram Gurjar, a resident of Raipur village in Bharatpur district, Rajasthan, hired a chopper and flew to his in-laws place on Monday, got his marriage solemnised, and brought his newly-wed wife back to his village in the same helicopter on Tuesday.
Gurjar said that his wife, Rama, had always dreamt of travelling with him in a helicopter and so he hired a chopper, which cost him a whopping Rs 7 lah, to help turn her dream come true. A son of a farmer, Gurjar boarded the helicopter with his brother Kartar Singh and brother-in-law Ramprasad. Although the District Collector as well as the CMHO had initially rejected the application of the groom for hiring a helicopter for his ‘baarat’ in view of the rising number of Covid-19 cases in the region daily, permission was finally granted with some terms and conditions, which the groom followed. In fact, administrative and police officers were in attendance to ensure that Covid protocols were observed as a crowd had gathered to catch a glimpse of the helicopter.
The unusual ‘vidai’ ceremony has become the talk of the town and video of the same has now become viral on social media.
Meanwhile, also in Rajasthan, a family in Rajasthan celebrated the birth of a girl child in their family with pomp. Not only was the child brought home in a helicopter, she was also welcomed with bhajans and a street strewn with rose petals. A video of the family onboard the helicopter with the baby girl is going viral on social media. The ride is estimated to have cost them around Rs 4.5 lakh. According to reports, the family managed to arrange the amount by selling their crops.
The child, named Riya, was born to Hanuman Prajapat and Chuki Devi last month. Riya is the first girl child to be born in her father’s household in 35 years. “Usually people do not celebrate the birth of a girl. There should be no discrimination between a girl and a boy. I will make my daughter study and fulfil all her dreams,” said Hanuman. He said that it was his father Madanlal Kumar’s idea to celebrate the birth of his granddaughter in style.
Madanlal said there are still people in the society who are disappointed at the birth of a girl child in the family. “But I feel that daughters are far better than sons,” said Madanlal.
"I had already decided 10 years ago that when a daughter is born in my household, she will be given a grand welcome and she will be brought by a helicopter. My family has started this practice and I hope that now other people of the village and society will also take inspiration and celebrate the birth of their daughters," he added.
Madanlal, who decided to bring the girl home in a helicopter, took permission from the district collector for the same, as well as to build helipads both in the child’s maternal and paternal villages. The 30 km distance between the two villages was covered in about 20 minutes via copter. The little girl’s father Hanuman Ram Prajapat took his daughter in his arms and deboarded the helicopter amid the cheering of crowds.
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