Weddings in Pakistan
SYED MOHAMMA SAAD Marriage in Pakistan has become an event for the craziest displays of spending money on incredibly lavish barat, valimas, mehndi, gifts and dowry, apparently. It is both fascinating and alarming that all classes of society are responsible for this madness.
Our privileged class uses the shadi event to show how rich they are. The middle class is, as usual, torn of thinking which class-they-fall-in, try their best to spend as much as they can and make everyone believe that they can actually afford everything and anything - with the debts of course. The poor class takes out the money from their basic needs, health and education to cover up the cost of marriage. It is not hard to find cases in Pakistan where a poor family saved money for years for their daughter’s marriage, even when that money could have been used for securing the future of their children by sending them to schools and colleges.
It is the responsibility of government to encourage people to adopt a realistic approach towards these functions; austerity laws must be enacted and enforced to curb the extravagant exorbitant spending on weddings. —Karachi