Compiled by C. ARUNO, JUNAID IBRAHIM and R. ARAVINTHAN
A GROUP of disgruntled husbands in India carried out a ceremony to ensure they would not end up marrying the same women in their next life, Malaysia Nanban reported.
The bizarre ceremony took place during a traditional festival that is held annually in Maharashtra state.
During the festival, women would usually circle a sacred banyan tree 108 times, praying for long and healthy lives for their husbands.
It is also believed that the women would get the same loving husband for their next seven rebirths.
However, a man who led the group of disgruntled husbands said not everyone is in a happy marriage.
The group organised a special ceremony with the husbands circling the tree 108 times, praying for the opposite outcome.
According to the group leader, they hoped the stunt would raise awareness regarding men’s issues and help push for laws to protect husbands who were unhappy or abused.
● The above article is compiled from the vernacular newspapers (Bahasa Malaysia, Chinese and Tamil dailies). As such, stories are grouped according to the respective language/medium. Where a paragraph begins with this ‘ >’sign, it denotes a separate news item.