A Mangala Sutra a groom ties a bride
Around her neck in the Hindu marriage,
Has to stay on her till he meets his death.
It is a shackle given her for life.
It shows to the public she is allotted.
It reminds her of her full commitment
To chastity and fidelity.
It gives her a status no one could usurp.
Women do not now prefer wearing it,
To show their freedom of expression.
It is safe in a purse for occasions.
Better this custom is outdated.
[Mangala Sutra is a thread or a golden chain with a pendant called Thaali that the groom ties the bride on neck as a mark of having owned her.]
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