Mail-order spouses are still very much a thing in desi society even in this day and age. So, posting matrimonial ads is still a practice. However, recently as a matrimonial ad landed online and it has become a viral gaffe.
A matrimonial ad in a newspaper went viral in India for its odd preference. A snip of the bizarre newspaper clipping found its way onto Twitter, and Netizens have so much to say.
The ad was posted looking for a groom. As per the printed ad, they require a groom for a 24-year-old girl who is described as ‘fair and beautiful’. Additionally, she has an MBA.
In terms of her family background, the 24-year-old seemingly belongs to a rich family that owns a successful business. So, the groom should be an IAS or IPS officer, a working doctor, an industrialist, or a businessman from the same caste. However, ‘no software engineers’.
“Fair beautiful MBA girl from a rich family business background. IAS/IPS, working doctor (PG), industrialists/businessman from the same caste, … Software engineers kindly do not call.”
Not only does the bride’s family have particular special professional demands but also caste preferences.
Twitter definitely cracked jokes about the ‘no software engineers’ part.
— Knowledge Flow (@knowledgeflow1) September 20, 2022
Then there were other memes.
When a matrimonial ad decides to roll-play. pic.twitter.com/oxivposLOi
— Vaidehi Murthy (@ButVai) November 2, 2018
Still Not Sure, Whether Its a Matrimonial Ad or A Relationship Advice To Girls. pic.twitter.com/131gCEzJhD
— HarAnuragBasuNahiHota (@Anu_rag_Singh_) June 29, 2020
People also shared some other ridiculous matrimonial ads.
That's a fine matrimonial ad pic.twitter.com/nhUybvXYDN
— Vee/Vishnu (@ravanatalks) June 8, 2021
Did someone put out a matrimonial ad for me pic.twitter.com/DKsbk0iijT
— Aditi Mittal (@awryaditi) June 15, 2021
Guy is saying in his matrimonial ad that he got married once but didn’t get laid. Is this enough details? pic.twitter.com/IXTyE1mzYK
— Nidheesh M K (@mknid) December 20, 2020
On the other hand, there were people pointing out the very real problems associated with these matrimonial ads and discriminatory demands.
Caste is not dead. Check out the Sunday matrimonial to see for yourself. Please note, all ads are from urban centres.
The only time we think Caste is dead is when it doesn’t affect us directly in anyway. I wasn’t aware of my privilege/reservation issue till after college. pic.twitter.com/LphIvwDKuT
— RichaChadha (@RichaChadha) August 24, 2020
Sickening that newspapers still carry matrimonial ads based on caste & religion pic.twitter.com/wkFiLfzbKq
— Minhaz Merchant (@MinhazMerchant) December 20, 2020
Then there were these people.
A feminist man said “See all matrimonial ads these days, how rich families still prefer unemployed women”
I would say “see how women only chose a rich family to get married”.
— 𝕭𝖊𝖗𝖑𝖎𝖓 🇮🇳 🇬🇧 🇺🇸 (@FamilyMan_berl_) September 14, 2022
What do you think of this whole ordeal? Let us know in the comments below.