Lovers need space to express themselves and one tribal village leader understands just that, though from a different angle. A village in Jharkhand saw the country’s first kissing contest after a senior Jharkhand Mukti Morcha (JMM) MLA organized it in an annual tribal fair as a sport to celebrate love and romance between married couples. If the rest of the country takes lead from this example then intimacy restrictions on Indian couple might finally see some light.
The man behind the deed, Simon Marandi, a Jharkhand Mukti Morcha (JMM) legislator said he saw the competition as a means of checking growing cases of divorces and differences between couples in the tribal community here.
“Tribals are basically innocent and illiterate. Due to which, the family system is weakening. To make them aware of our social structure and responsibility towards the family, the idea of a kissing competition was conceived,” said Marandi.
During the competition, over 18 couples locked lips in public as bystanders watched in the 37-year-old Dumuria Mela in Pakur district of Jharkhand. Three couples were called winners though it is not known under what criteria. Marandi believes the competition can help strengthen the relationship between the husband and wife in the tribal community.
While the organizer strictly allowed married couple participation, if this is to be continued next year, we might just see city couples travel to attend this unique two day long tribal festival.