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Macleodganj youths eye 'offshore' brides

india Updated: Jan 20, 2008 23:32 IST
Macleodganj youths eye 'offshore' brides

In what seems to be an increasing trend in Macleodganj area in Dharamsala, youths more often are looking for brides from foreign countries for a dream future offshores. "Majority of local bridegrooms, Tibetans as well as Indians, are entering into such marriages and are now well settled in foreign countries," said Rakesh Narayan, former president of Indo-Tibetan Friendship Society.

Statistics reveal around three-four such marriages take place every month. "The trend was at its peak in 2003 and 2004 when over 150 such weddings took place," Narayan told PTI.

The most recent marriage took place in Dharamsala on last Friday when 60-year-old divorced American doctor Sinthian Williams entered into wedlock with a 29-year-old Tibetan youth Lungtuk Sonam.

Narayan said majority of such marriages are "mismatch" and solemnised mainly with an objective to took for greener pastures.

According to available data, about 1,000 such marriages took place in Macleodganj since 1975. Tibetan as well as Hindu youths usually solemnise such marriages in their local temples and than get them registered with the district administration.

Narayan said the brides are young girls as well as divorcees.