Beed: Sons-in-law are a pampered lot in India. But on Holi, the wife's side of the family has a nice revenge in the Vida village of Beed district in Maharashtra.
On the day of Holi, a son-in-law is ritually disgraced here. He does not mind, of course, it being a tradition.
He is made to sit on a donkey, and paraded through the village. It is called `Gardabh Sawari' (donkey-ride), and village elders say that the tradition started some 75 years ago.
Every year one of the men who has married a girl from the village is picked for this honour.
Talking to PTI, Datta Deshmukh, a villager, said, "The tradition has its roots in the Nizam era. Story has it that it started when one `Jahagirdar' (grandee) Anandrao Deshmukh from Chincholi village in Latur district once visited Vida where his in-laws lived.
He had a spat with the in-laws, so they made him sit on a donkey, and paraded him. Then it became a ritual. People from all the communities take part in it."
Parade is accompanied by a band, and since it is Holi, colours are splashed throughout.
Dadoji Barkase, another villager, said, "The selected son-in-law gets a new dress at the Hanuman Temple from the villagers after the procession."