The Leucoderma Awareness Movement – India’s Tamil Nadu Chapter has proposed to conduct a ‘swayamvara’ in Tiruchi on January 27 exclusively for the unmarried youth afflicted by ‘vitiligo,’ a skin disorder characterised by patches of unpigmented skin. “The event, first of its kind in South India, will be organised at National College between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. on January 27,” K. Umapathi, secretary, Leucoderma Awareness Movement, told reporters here on Saturday.
Though this disorder was not a disease, not contagious, not hereditary and had no medical significance, only social stigma had caused social isolation of the persons affected by ‘vitiligo.’ Consequently, marriage had become a mirage for these people. “To bring about a cheerful change in the lives of the youth afflicted by this skin disorder, we’re organising this programme in Tiruchi,” said Mr. Umapathi.
After selecting their better-half in the ‘swayamvara,’ families of the bride and the groom can discuss all other related points later before finalising the marriage, he said.
Renowned builder T.T. Ramesh Raja was present.