Punjabi Parents Are Now Seeking Grooms To Support Academic Dreams Of Daughters
NEW DELHI (ANI) – In a remarkable shift from the past trends, Punjabi parents are now seeking potential grooms for their 18–19-year-old daughters to support their academic ambitions overseas, Parminder Singh Sodhi wrote in a piece in Khalsa Vox.
It is a noteworthy shift from the past when the parents relied on selling land or properties.
The spotlight on this unique trend is amplified by the active involvement of marriage bureaus, leveraging social media platforms to propagate their messages.
Popping up on timelines are posts such as, “Study visa in hand, seeking groom for education package of Rs 25 lakh. Interested parties may inquire.”
Now, the parents are on the lookout for potential grooms who can share the financial responsibilities associated with their daughters’ education. The marriage bureaus have also fully embraced this concept, broadcasting posts that echo the parents’ ambitions for a financially secure educational journey, Khalsa Vox reported.
These comprehensive packages encompass not only the costs tied to the study visa but also cover expenses related to marriage ceremonies, legal formalities, travel, and sundry expenditures.
Notably, these matrimonial posts even highlight strategies to safeguard the funds, which might include issuing checks or pledging family assets as collateral to the groom’s family.
Raminder Singh, the founder of a local marriage bureau, shining a light on this evolutionary trend noted that while the tradition of such arrangements was once conducted discreetly, often involving intermediaries such as immigration agents or IELTS center administrators who took their cut as commissions, the landscape has dramatically changed, according to Khalsa Vox.
Families are now openly collaborating with marriage bureaus to identify prospective partners capable of backing their daughters’ overseas education.
Singh unveiled the current landscape, illustrating how matrimonial platforms are flooded with such posts.
“The desire to secure avenues for children to settle abroad is burgeoning. Nearly 90 percent of the marriage profiles we receive revolve around finding compatible NRI matches,” Khalsa Vox quoted him as saying.
However, even amidst this trend, there are voices of concern. Professor MP Singh, a resolute social activist from Jalandhar, staunchly opposes the practice, emphasizing the difficulties faced by students who embark on overseas education journeys.
He voiced apprehensions about the prospects of these students, who often find themselves grappling with joblessness despite their educational pursuits abroad.