If not divorce, then why is aata sata acceptable: Rajasthan woman in suicide note

In a three-page note, a 21-year-old woman, who was married off through ‘aata saata’ custom, held the age-old tradition responsible for her suicide. Read on to know what she said.

A 21-year-old woman in Rajasthan died by suicide and pinned the blame on the age-old ‘aata sata’ tradition in her suicide letter.

The woman, Suman Choudhary, hailed from Nawa town of Nagaur district in Rajasthan and had died by suicide in Hempura village two days ago. In her suicide letter, she appealed to the society to shun the ‘aata sata’ practice, the Times of India reported.

“If divorce or marrying against family wishes is not acceptable, then why is ‘aata sata’ acceptable,” the suicide note said. Suman was married through this tradition.

“Because of such a social evil, lives of thousands of girls are destroyed when a 17-year-old girl is married to a 70-year-old man just because society is greedy of getting a good bride for their sons,” Suman reportedly said in her suicide note.

‘Aata saata’ is a system where a family gets their daughter married only when the other family pledges to give them a daughter to be married in their family. The age of the girls offered for matrimony does not matter.

Simply put, in this tradition, the husband’s sister marries his wife’s brother. According to reports, the tradition is the fallout of low sex ratio of girls in the region.

Suman’s family told police that she was mentally ill and had died after jumping in a well. The family also claimed that her husband was not living with her since he had gone abroad.

However, police recovered a suicide note wherein Suman blamed the age-old custom. Her three-page suicide note also asked youths to launch a campaign against these customs.

Source: India Today


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