Caste no bar to real love; Akhesh, Akhila ties knot
Vythiri (Wayanad): In a time of honour killing in the name of caste and religion, Akhesh and Akhila blazed a trail by choosing a casteless and austere way of marriage. The couple tied the knot at the Pakalveedu in Vythiri panchayat on Sunday.
Akhesh Chandran, who belongs to the Theeya community, is the son of late Chandran and Sumathy hailing from Thalimala of Vythiri. Akhila is the daughter of Achuthan and Bindu from Sugandhagiri colony in Vythiri. They belong to the tribal sect Paniya. The couple were engaged on February 8.
Akhesh works as a painter. The marriage was arranged by both families. Later, they informed the natives and the members of Kerala Sastra Sahitya Parishad. Thus marriage took place on Sunday with the cooperation of all.
Dr. P. V. Rajagopal, national leader of Ekta Parishad, solemnized the marriage. Many people attended the wedding to greet the couple and to gift them presents. The sacred thread (Thali) and wedding dresses were also provided by the natives.
“All I wanted is to get my son married. I had no demand regarding the caste and religion of the bride. And I’m so happy that this wedding is conducted with the cooperation of all,” said Akhesh’s mother Sumathi.
Kerala Sastra Sahitya Parishad Vythiri unit secretary A. C. Mathew said that a casteless marriage is really important in a place where a father stabbed his daughter on the eve of her wedding owing to false pride. Many interfaith married couples also attended the wedding and greeted the newly wed. Pudding was distributed as a sweet token of love during the function.