Mrs Ranjan’s supporters point out that Indians spend a staggering one fifth of their lifetime earnings on weddings.
The fathers of girls in particular save for their entire lives to amass a dowry that will secure for their daughters the best match possible in a respectable home. Even among the mega-rich, men mortgage their homes and sell off assets to pay for the weddings.
India’s recent cash crisis that followed Narendra Modi’s surprise decision to scrap the country’s two largest banknotes at a moment’s notice has underscored the precarious financial position in which households place themselves during wedding season.
Thousands of weddings went to the wall because fathers could no longer pay dowries with their now-worthless savings.
Dowries don’t pay for the wedding you twit.