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Indian villagers using RTI to search for ‘suitable’ grooms!

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An Indian villager has used the Right to Information (RTI) act to search for eligible grooms, stunning the authorities.

The bizarre matter relates to Rewari town in Haryana, a north Indian state.

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According to media reports, a woman recently filed an RTI petition in the Education Department, Haryana, seeking details of “bachelors” teachers with their names, full address and cell phones numbers so that she could contact them.

The woman wants only a Primary Teacher/Trained Graduate Teacher or Post Graduate Teacher as groom for her niece who is also a Junior Bachelor Training teacher.

She took recourse to the RTI as her relatives failed to search for any “suitable” boys despite constant efforts for five years.

“A woman has sought details of teachers from the Punjabi community from us but we can’t provide such details since that is purely a personal matter,” a local education department official from Rewari, Dr Susbhash Chandra Verma told the media today.

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Earlier, villagers from the eastern Indian state of Bihar had used RTI to seek details about the prospective grooms.

Authorities said they were puzzled at the local villagers making bizarre requests to them, asking to provide full details of the newly-appointed young officials in government whom they apparently wanted to marry off their daughters.

“Is the job of the youth permanent? What’s his salary package? What’ his qualifications and from where he has completed his studies? When he was appointed in service and what’s his designation?” are the most common questions they want to know from the government.

What has led to such queries, reports said, is growing number frauds from the groom families who collect huge dowry from the bride sides by giving false information about the status, salary package and educational qualifications of the grooms before marriage

Curiously, the RTI so far had emerged as a powerful tool for India’s civil society to fight corruption and hold those in power accountable.

The law which allows the citizens to seek information from most government bodies after paying a fee of only Rs 10 was implemented in October 2005.

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