Indian wedding-outfit ad with Bollywood star Alia Bhatt sparks debate on women’s rights

In the run-up to India’s wedding season – which begins in October, marked by auspicious dates in the Hindu calendar – a clothing advertisement featuring Bollywood actress Alia Bhatt has sparked a debate about women’s rights.The ad for ethnic-wear brand Manyavar casts questions on the centuries-old Hindu ritual of kanyadaan, the practice of the bride’s father “giving away” his daughter to the family she marries into, and also interrogates the concept of paraya dhan, which suggests the bride’s…

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