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Aussie guide weds Dalit shop owner

For the residents of Bihar's Musahar Toli it was a cherished moment to see Areen marry Sanjay in Hindu style.

india Updated: Jan 10, 2006 11:00 IST

Love knows no boundaries. Another case supporting this saying came as a blissful moment for the Dalits of a Bihar village near Bodh Gaya when an Australian tourist guide married a small shop owner in traditional Hindu style.

Areen, clad in traditional bridal outfits, married Sanjay Manjhi amid fanfare at a temple in the New Taradih village.

Sanjay Manjhi, who runs a small shop in Dharamsala in Himachal Pradesh, met Areen, a tourist guide, on November 24 last year.

"It was love at first sight and we were married in a court in Dharamshala December 27," Areen told IANS.

"Later Sanjay told me that he desired a traditional marriage in his village and I agreed to it," she said.

There was much merry making with the locals dancing, singing, drinking wine and feasting. For the residents of Musahar Toli, a Dalit locality, home to the poorest of the poor, it was a cherished moment.

Both husband and wife can speak only a dash of the other's language.

First Published: Jan 10, 2006 10:19 IST