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75 Years Of India's Independence

We The People: The Matchmaker For Girls From Impoverished Families

Ashvini Jojra’s social work is going on under the canopy of Serving All Humanity Yearningly Over the Globe (Sehyog India), of which he is the founder-president.

Ashvini Jojra, Border Sentinel
Ashvini Jojra, Border Sentinel

Ashvini Jojra, 59, a radical altruist from RS Pura sector along the international border with Pakistan, is set to retire from Jammu and Kashmir’s agriculture department. His story began with demonetisation, which seemed to bother him the least. “I had only Rs 1,500 at home,” he says, adding, “The pandemic was a reality check that revealed the vulnerable nature of human existence.” While the regi­on doesn’t have any government educational institute for children with special needs, Jojra has been tirelessly working for them, besides serving the marginalised sections of society.

This matchmaker has arranged over 3,000 marriages of girls from impoverished families. “We have not received even a single complaint of domestic violence or a failed marriage,” he says, elaborating on how senior government functionaries are also roped in. “Their presence sends out a strong message that the girls are not destitute.” According to him, the marriage expenditure is arranged thro­ugh contributions, and the requisite goods are often arranged on credit. He credits his parents for his social work besides his wife and daughters who have always stood by him.

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