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Grooms take the money and run

SHANDA DEZIEL April 25 2005
BACKTALK

TV

Grooms take the money and run

SHANDA DEZIEL April 25 2005

TV

Grooms take the money and run

RUNAWAY GROOMS CBC, APRIL 20, 9 P.M.

As if arranged marriages don’t get a bad enough rap in the Western world, here’s a situation that makes the practice look not only outdated, but sinister. Right now an alarming number of Indian womenan estimated 10,000 in Punjab aloneare the victims of fraud at the hands of the husbands they were set up with.

Runaway Grooms shows how some Indian men living in Canada will return home and connect with an eligible Indian woman, with the help of a matchmaker. The doc focuses on two women, Namita Jain and Sonia Kaur, who married men from Toronto and Vancouver respectively. Both men took the dowry and ran, and then obtained quickie divorces in Canada-freeing themselves up to do it all over again. The women, on the other hand, have little hope of remarrying and have next to no recourse to find or punish the men who took their families’ small fortunes. Not exactly a happy

Bollywood ending.

SHANDA DEZIEL