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SANTI IN WEDLOCK WITH FATHER IN LAW

SANTI IN WEDLOCK WITH FATHER IN LAW

This is a true story of a family of village Pakiwan in Gurdaspur district.
Puran Singh’s (not real name) only son died of plague epidemic in around 1900 AD leaving his just married widow (Santi) behind.
The Hindu Family Act was not yet in force which means if a person died issueless his property would go to brothers.
Incidentally Santi had a quarrel with neighbour Puran’s brother’s wife who tauntingly told Santi that Santi was a mere caretaker as Puran’s property would ultimately slip in her hands one day.
Stung with jealousy Santi told it all to Puran and made a proposal for a marriage. Puran agreed caring little for the social norms.
Puran thus spread his sheet (chaddar paoni) publicly over Santi and they were in wedlock.
They had 3 daughters and 2 sons.  Their family is flourishing even today.
And of course it happens with Jatts only. In need the Jatt can throw out any social norm.
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