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Runaway Grooms(documentary) on cbc(Canadian chanel) at 10 pm


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Wednesday April 20, 2005 at 9pm on CBC-TV

repeating Monday November 21, 2005 at 10pm ET/PT on CBC Newsworld

Schedule documentary on

Monday November 21, 2005

at 10pm ET/PT on CBC Newsworld

source: http://www.cbc.ca/programguide/program/ind...=Passionate+Eye

"They have ruined my life, my whole life, my career-everything."

The Indian bride is so beautiful she looks like a Bollywood film star. The groom is central casting's handsome leading man. The event has the fairy tale quality of all weddings. The groom even arrives on a white horse. Best of all, the bride fulfills her family's hopes for her to leave India for a life of great promise in Canada, where the groom now lives. But in their great eagerness to please their son-in-law, the bride's family has failed to realize this traditionally arranged marriage is just an elaborate scam, a set up for extortion.

A prospective groom carries great status in India if he is a permanent resident or citizen of a Western country, like Canada. After the bride's family pays an initial dowry and the wedding takes place, the groom usually returns to the West, promising to file papers for his new wife so she can join him. But in a growing number of cases, once the groom is safely back home, he or his family typically demand a new dowry ranging from $5,000 to $50,000 (or more). The woman's chances of joining her husband are tied to her parents' response to the extortion, who are typically unable to comply. In most cases, the women wait, and not only do the papers never come, but all contact with their husbands is lost.

Runaway Grooms, by award-winning filmmaker Ali Kazimi, vividly explores this culture of patriarchy, shame and honour. And it puts a human face to this growing problem by profiling the painful stories of two abandoned brides. Through them we come to understand the myriad ways that social structures, customs and Canadian laws make it possible for these women to be so horribly exploited. Kazimi also confronts one of the husbands, now in Vancouver, who sees not his bride, but himself as the hapless victim and injured party

It's common knowledge that many men of Indian origin travel to India to marry and bring their brides to the West. But what has remained unknown till now is the large number of brides who are abandoned. There are estimated to be at least 10,000 such cases in the state of Punjab alone. Once in Canada, these scheming grooms have relatively little or no difficulty in obtaining a quick divorce. Their abandoned brides often don't know about the divorce proceeding until it is too late to contest. Workers in Ontario courts, alone, have witnessed a burgeoning number of quick divorces filed by Canadian men of East Indian origin after being wed in India.

Runaway Grooms is produced and directed by Ali Kazimi of Asli Films in association with the CBC.

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  • 8 years later...

why do some Sikh girls rebel

well look at the Punjabi culture

Come to London. See how many Hindu girls are essentially 'brown white girls' shagging white men. Why have they rebelled?

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Most of indian culture guju punjabi so on is very sexist

As opposed to other cultures like Somalian, Afghanistani, Arabic etc. which are exemplars of gender equality......

The answer not clear cut. Some girls rebel because they are suppressed, some because they have bundles of freedom.

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