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A Woman From Gujrat Has Decided to Practice Sologamy and Marry Herself

Kshama Bindu is a 24-year-old from Vadodara who will marry herself on June 11 and go on a 2-week honeymoon afterwards. She calls sologamy "an act of self-acceptance."

Meet Kshama Bindu, a 24-year-old sociology graduate from Vadodara who is getting geared up for a somewhat unusual wedding. On June 11 2022, Kshama plans to marry herself, in what is said to be the first act of sologamy in India. She even plans to head out for a two-week honeymoon by herself after the wedding is over. Kshama's wedding will be performed in traditional style, including all the rituals. However, there will be no groom present. For this young girl from Gujrat, this act of sologomy represents a form of self-acceptance. Here's what she had to say:

"Ever since my teens, I never wanted to get married," explained Kshama in an interview to a leading publication. "The tradition, somehow, never appealed to me. But I did want to become a bride. So I decided to marry myself. It's called Sologamy."

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The idea came to Kshama when she heard an actress in a web series say, "every woman wants to be a bride but not a wife," igniting a thought in her mind to marry herself. Upon some research, she could not find any online records of a woman who had married herself in India. "Maybe I am the first to set an example of self-love in our country, where marriages are considered sacred," the solo bride-to-be mused. She added that while people might see her self-marriage as irrelevant, she wants this act to portray that "women matter."

Kshama's parents are on board with her plan, and invitations for her self-marriage have been sent to 15 friends and colleagues. Her wedding functions will commence on June 9th with a mehendi ceremony, following which the bride-to-be has written five vows for her wedding, which will be conducted at a temple in Gotri. 

In a final act of self-love, Kshama will go on a two-week solo honeymoon to Goa post her wedding.