- Sologamy is the act of marrying oneself in a public ceremony, also referred to as self-marriage or autogamy. While such a marriage has no legal sanction or status, the symbolic ceremony is used by many as an act to emphasize their self-love and independence.
VIRAL NEWS- Come June 11, India will see a wedding it has never witnessed before as 24-year-old Kshama Bindu of Gujrat marries herself and claims India’s first sologamy or solo wedding.
In an extreme manifestation of self-love, 24-year-old Kshama Bindu is all set for her wedding on June 11–sans a groom! Yes, she’s getting married to herself, and apparently this wedding is being dubbed as India’s first sologamy or solo wedding, Times of India reported.
The wedding will be a traditional Hindu marriage, wherein Kshama will tie the knot with herself and will also have ‘pheras‘ and wedding vows. Kshama has reportedly penned down five vows for the wedding which will be solemnised at a temple in Gotri. After the wedding, the woman is also planning to have a 2-week honeymoon with herself.
Kshama said that this unique idea to marry herself was aimed at highlighting the fact that “women matter”.
According to a TOI report, Kshama said, “I never wanted to get married. But I did want to become a bride. So I decided to marry myself. I looked up to see if there has been any such marriage in India, but couldn’t find any. Maybe I am the first one to do so. Self-marriage is a commitment to be there for yourself and unconditional love for oneself. It’s also an act of self-acceptance. People marry someone they love. I love myself and hence, this wedding.”
When asked about her parents’ reaction, she said that her parents are open-minded and accepting of her wedding.
However Legal experts said sologamy does not have any legal backing in India.
“As per Indian laws, you cannot marry yourself. There has to be two persons in a marriage. Sologamy is not legal,” senior High Court advocate Krishnakant Vakharia told PTI.
Another senior lawyer, Chandrakant Gupta, told PTI, “The Hindu Marriage Act uses the terminology ‘either of the spouse’, which simply means that there must be two persons to complete the marriage. Sologamy will never pass the legal scrutiny.”
The popularity of sologamy has increased in the 21st century, especially among affluent women. In 2014, in Kyoto, Japan, a travel agency started offering self-marrying packages for women and the customers include women, who were not satisfied with their original weddings.