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Mumbai: Bachelors in Maharashtra's Solapur district held a bizarre protest to raise the issue of disparity in the male-female birth ratio by taking out a march in wedding costumes, seeking brides for themselves.
The 'bridegroom morcha' was organised on Wednesday by an outfit, which later submitted a memorandum to the district collector's office seeking strict implementation of the Pre-Conception and Pre-Natal Diagnostic Techniques (PCPNDT) Act to improve the male-female ratio in Maharashtra.
The memorandum also asked the state government to arrange brides for the bachelors, who participated in the march.
Several bachelors, clad in wedding costumes, riding horses and accompanied by a band, reached the collector's office and demanded brides for themselves.
"People may mock this morcha, but the grim reality is that youth of marriageable age are not getting brides just because the male-female ratio is skewed in the state," said Ramesh Baraskar, the founder of the Jyoti Kranti Parishad, which organised the event.
He claimed Maharashtra's sex ratio was 889 girls per 1,000 boys.
"This inequality exists because of female foeticide and the government is responsible for this disparity," Baraskar claimed.