TIRUCHI: What was started on a small measure 25 years ago, has been witnessing a steady growth, indicating the spontaneous participation by a number of individuals and institutions.
The annual project of ‘free mass marriage', initiated by the Inner Wheel Club of Tiruchi, was started way back during 1984-85, with the objective of solemnising marriage for ten brides and bridegrooms, belonging to the economically weaker sections.
The silver jubilee of the project witnessed a marked difference. Apart from the members of the club, the project this year enjoyed copious support from various philanthropists, donors and service-oriented persons.
“We take up the initiative well ahead, at least three months earlier. Adequate care is taken for ascertaining the economic status of the brides and bridegrooms, ensuring that only those below the poverty line benefit through the project,” says Jayyanthi Ram Kummar, Director Chairman of the Club.
Sasikala Balasubramanian, president of the club, says that the project is so popular that eligible brides and bridegrooms seek the assistance of the Club every year.
Valliammai Muthuraman, who initiated the project while in office as president during 1984-85, attributes the success of the project to the sustained cooperation from donors and philanthropists. K. N. Nehru, State Transport Minister, who solemnised the marriage, appreciated the efforts taken by the club. He even assisted a visually-challenged person in tying the knot.
T. Soundiah, Collector, read out a pledge to the brides and bridegrooms. S. Sujatha, Mayor, was present.
The newly-wed couple M. Sathyaraj (22) and B. Srimathi from Patchampettai near Lalgudi said that they chanced to know about the project through their neighbour.