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For the Love of Reading: Muslim Woman Asks for Books as 'Mehr' from Groom's Side

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Representative Image.

Moyna Khatun's family told the groom's side that the former had wished to be gifted books instead of the traditional 'mohor' when the two families met to discuss the details of the wedding.

They say books are a man’s best friend. But Murshidabad’s 24-year-old Moyna Khatun took her love for the pages to a unique level when she demanded not one, two or three but 60 books as ‘mahr’ or ‘mohor’ (dowry given by groom) from her would-be-in-laws. An arts graduate from DN college under Kalyani University in West Bengal, Moyna has always loved reading and stories. Hailing from Murshidabad’s Suti area, Moyna entered into an arranged marriage match with one Mizanur Rahman, 24, who is a geography graduate from Bhagalpur University in Bihar.

But during all of this, Moyna’s family also made it clear to the groom’s side that the former had wished to be gifted books instead of the traditional ‘mahr’ when the two families met to discuss the details of the wedding in January, The Telegraph reported.

Her family reportedly said that Moyna had no interest in the traditional mahr, which can even be upto Rs50,000. Although Mizanur’s family members were at first taken aback but then they were very glad to accept Moyna’s demands and thus along with the books that the bride wanted, the family also gave her some more books.

The groom’s party that entered Moyna’s village of Kidderpore presented a rare sight of cartons filled with books. The books included works by Tagore, Nazrul Islam and other Bengali authors and also Quran in Bengali.

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Th unusual incident can act as a positive news for women and girls in the district as the literacy rates in the villages are still not satisfactory, officials reportedly hoped.

An official reportedly praised Moyna for her unique request and said that she has set a wonderful example for the women in the villages, especially those from the minority communities with less access to education and other facilities.

The wedding guests were also shown the unique ‘mahr’ and Moyna said she has always loved reading and thus her unique demand. Moyna said she was inspired by a similar incident she read of Kerala and always knew this is how she wanted to get married too.

Her husband Mizanur is also reportedly a freelancer for some local Bengali periodicals apart from running the family’s ration store.

first published:March 02, 2021, 17:59 IST