25 September 2019
Newly-weds Khadiza Akter Khushi and Tariqul Islam broke with ancient tradition during their wedding
When 19-year-old Khadiza Akter Khushi led hundreds of people to the home of her soon-to-be husband, she didn’t do it for her guests.
She did it for all the Bangladeshi women she hoped would follow in her footsteps.
The walk is thought to be a first in a country where, for centuries, the opposite has happened: men have walked to the homes of their brides on their wedding day.
“If boys can bring girls to marriage, why can’t girls?” she asked BBC Bengali in the days after her wedding to Tariqul Islam had gone viral.
But it has both inspired and horrified. One man suggested the couple and their families should be beaten with slippers.
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For Khadiza and her husband it was, quite simply, the right thing to do.
“Tradition is not the issue here,” she told the BBC. “It is a matter of women’s rights. Today, if a girl goes to marry a boy, then no one is harmed.
“Instead, abuse of women will decrease, women will get their dignity. No one will be less than the other.”