A 24-year-old glamorous Instagram influencer has been targeted by trolls after she announced she was getting married – to herself.
Blogger Kshama Bindu is looking forward to her wedding on the evening of June 11 at a temple in the Indian city of Vadodara.
Dressed in a red bridal outfit, with henna painted on her hands and “sindoor”, or vermilion powder, in her hair part, she will walk around a ceremonial fire seven times, as tradition dictates. .
But despite the traditional Haldi bath and sangeet singing and dancing, Kshama’s wedding will be different from most Indian weddings in one respect. She will be alone.
The 24-year-old sociology student and “digital creative” from Gujarat, India, plans to marry in a “profound act of self-acceptance”.
“I realized that I don’t need a prince charming because I am my own queen,” Kshama told Indian news channel NDTV.
“That’s why I decided to get married on June 11. I will dress like a bride, participate in rituals, my friends will attend my wedding and then I will come home instead of going with the groom “.
After the ceremony, she planned a two-week solo luxury honeymoon in Goa.
“A lot of people tell me I’m a good catch,” she says. “I tell them, ‘I caught myself’.”
Kshama told the BBC: “Self-marriage is a commitment to be there for yourself, to choose the livelihood and lifestyle that will help you grow and become the most living person, most beautiful and most deeply happy you can be”.
But not everyone is convinced that Kshama’s “sologamy” is as much a bold new kind of relationship as it is an attempt to get attention.
Twitter user Rishi Markandey commented, “You can live with yourself without getting married. You’re just an attention seeker, and you played well.”
Anu commented “It looks like a publicity stunt” while Parkar Usama added, “Every day this world is getting a little dumber…”
Indian law experts say the unconventional marriage might not stand up to legal scrutiny.
Indian High Court barrister Krishnakant Vakharia told the Daily Mail that in law it takes two people to make a marriage – and that ‘sologamy’ would not be recognized as legitimate.