Faridabad district commissioner Chander Shekhar with the village women HT
These women, who are well educated and have well-paying jobs, were happy to get the freedom from that the piece of fabric, obligatory for every Haryanvi bahu (bride).
These women took their men and the sarpanch into confidence before approaching the Faridabad district commissioner Chander Shekhar, in whose presence they took off their veil on April 30.
Manju, a law graduate who teaches in a private university, said though there were no restrictions at home, outside they had to follow the tradition and keep ghunghat on their faces.
In many Indian states, it is a regular custom to wear ghunghat which the believers say protects the honour of the women of the household against outsiders. The practice is still on, despite efforts by activists and women’s group over the years.
In the presence of Chander Shekhar, all the men from the 44-member joint family – agreed that the veil was a bad practice and the women took over their ghunghat for the first time in public.
Some village women said the programme should have been organized in public for wider benefit.