A Pakistani bride sought books worth Rs 1 lakh as ‘Haq Mehr’ from the groom’s side and has been winning praises for placing the unique and thoughtful demand. Haq Mehr ( or Mehr) is the gift that Muslim women get from the groom’s side as gift on their wedding and is usually given in form of cash or gold jewellry. But Naila Shamal from Pakistan’s Mardan city made the unique demand on her Nikaah, a video of which has been going viral. In the clip, Shamal is gives a strong message to eliminate wrong customs from the society as she speaks in front of a book shelf. Shamal, a writer by profession, is seen seated in front of a book shelf dressed in a bridal outfit, “As you all know, I have demanded books worth Rs100,000 for Haq Mehr. One reason for this is that due to rising inflation in our country, we cannot afford expensive gifts. On the other hand, it is also important to eliminate wrong customs from our society.”
She said even though taking jewellery or cash as Mehr is as the custom, but she decided to to ask for books as she felt that it was important to show reverence to books. “If being a writer we don’t value books, how can we expect a common man to do so?” she says in the video. “If I, as a writer, do not attach value to books then how can we expect the common man to do so?” In the video, she said that she wanted to inspire others to make such changes.
In a similar case, a 24-year-old woman from Murshidabad demanded ‘mehr’ on her wedding. Her family reportedly said that she had no interest in the traditional mehr. Although the groom’s family was 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.