The 24-year-old says it’s an act of self-acceptance and self-love
Kshama Bindu, 24, from Vadodara, India, has announced that she plans to have a wedding this month – but the groom will be none other than herself.
As The Times of India reported, the wedding would include all the traditional elements typical of an Indian wedding, such as the Saat Phere ceremony and the application of the Sindoor – a vermilion mark indicating that a woman is married. The only thing missing will be the groom and the associated “baraat” wedding procession.
“I never wanted to get married. But I wanted to become a bride. So I decided to get married myself,” Kshama, who works at a private company, said.
She says her decision to marry herself came after she realized she would become the first woman in India to practice sologamy and “Set an example of self-love.”
“Self-marriage is a commitment to be there for yourself and unconditional love for yourself. It’s also an act of self-acceptance. People marry someone they love. I love myself and so this marriage, “ she explained.
Kshama added that her self-marriage is an attempt to show that “women matter” although some people think it’s just a joke.
The wedding is expected to take place at a temple in Gotri on June 11. Kshama says she has already received her parents’ blessings for the union and has written five vows which she will recite to herself during the ceremony.
And, of course, she will also go on her honeymoon, for which she chose Goa, where she will stay for two weeks after the wedding.
Sologamy, also called autogamy, is the marriage of a person with himself. The practice has spread in the 21st century, especially among women, as proponents of the idea argue that it affirms one’s own worth and leads to a happier life. However, self-marriage is not yet legally recognized in any country and still has a long way to go before it becomes a social norm.