A 28-year-old woman in Bhaderwah town of Doda district surprised her family and in-laws with an unusual pre-wedding condition – planting saplings instead of gold ornaments or cash.
Daisy Sheikh – R/o Sartingal village in Bhaderwah – tied knot with Yasir Hussain Sheikh R/o Haliya Mohalla of Bhaderwah in a ceremony when Daisy demanded planting a sapling as a wedding gift.
“I have been planting saplings from the age of school. When my marriage was fixed on Earth week , I was very happy environment reminded me of my emotional bonding with it,” Dazy Sheikh told this media person. “I am happy after knowing that she is more concerned about environment than her own wealth,” said Yasir Hussain Sheikh who is the Principal of Bhaderwah Valley Public School .
Daisy Sheikh had made the request around one month back, when her sister-in-law sought to know her preferences in ornaments and clothes – part of a ritual in the region, where bride is given lustrous gifts. Daisy said that she wanted to plant saplings at her paternal house and the rest at her in-laws’ place.
“The in-laws were surprised that the bride wanted plants instead of jewellery and similar expensive items.
They thought she was asking for a few trees but she made it clear she wanted dozens of saplings in place of jewellery,” said Javed Mohd father of the bride.
The newlywed couple on Monday contacted DFO Bhaderwah Vivek Verma and Range Officer Neeru Sagar Hussain Jamwal who had already launched plantation drive at TRC Sungli, Bhaderwah and planted three trees there.
“We planted two saplings of Deodar as it is considered pious by nature and we are grateful to DFO Bhaderwah Vivek Verma who assisted us. We will plant saplings on our every wedding anniversary,” said the couple.
Daisy said she wanted to distribute saplings among other people, including farmers and social workers and forest officials also assured her to provide the same free of cost.
“From childhood, I had a close connection with environment,” she said. DFO Bhaderwah Vivek Verma said husband of the bride Yasir Hussain Sheikh is also interested in plantation drive and always contribute to forest department in plantation drive before.