Bizarre? Jharkhand MLAs Organise 'Kissing Competition' To Reduce Divorce Rate Among Tribals

| December 12 , 2017 , 08:37 IST

Increasing divorce rates in any society is a cause for concern, and while societies come up with various measures to reduce divorce rates, Jharkhand MLAs came up with a rather unorthodox method for which they have landed in trouble.

Two Jharkhand Mukti morcha (JMM) MLAs organised a 'kissing competition' for tribal couples during a traditional village fair in Pakur, claiming that they did it to stop the increasing number of divorces in tribal society.

Simon Marandi, A JMM MLA from Littipara in Santhal Pargana  and one of the organisers said that the "kissing competition was held to stop the increasing number of divorces in the tribal society."

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Marandi said that the competition was organised among 20 pairs to strengthen the bond among married couples.

After the incident, BJP has demanded that the two MLAs be suspended from the Jharkhand assembly.

"JMM MLAs Simon Marandi and Stephen Marandi have insulted the culture of Santhal Pargana in the by organising 'kissing competition'. We demand their suspension from the House and not allowing them to attend the winter session starting tomorrow," said BJP Jharkhand unit vice president Hemlal Murmu.

"This is an insult to women power," Murmu said, demanding that the two MLAs tender an apology to the village heads, since in Santhal Pargana a boy and girl do not even traditionally shake hands.

Jharkhand rural development Minister and BJP leader Neel Kanth Singh Munda termed it an insult to the tribal society.