When Rabri Devi said she does not want mall-going bahu for son Tej Pratap
The elder son of Lalu Prasad, Tej Pratap Yadav, has revolted against his own family to get a divorce from his wife Aishwarya Rai. "I am just a [political] pawn," he says. He has blamed his family members of conspiring against him and supporting his wife instead.
Why did this marriage of fewer than six months not work? Tej Pratap, who was a former Bihar health minister says it's because Aishwarya Rai is too "urbane" for his simpleton heart. Meanwhile, Tej Pratap's mother and Lalu Prasad's wife, Rabri Devi, has taken charge in the Yadav household and trying to sort things out.
However, not too long ago, Rabri Devi had said something similar, echoing Tej Pratap's feelings of the present. In 2017, Rabri Devi -- mother of two bachelor sons at that time -- had come out with her own list of suitable brides for her sons.
It was during Lalu Prasad's 70th birthday (June 11) celebrations that Rabri Devi was asked about the kind of daughters-in-law she was looking for. Like most of the Indian mothers, she also had one thing in her mind -- to find a sanskari bahu.
Former Bihar chief minister Rabri Devi at that time said she wants her daughters-in-law to be just like her. What does it mean, you ask? One who does not go to malls or cinema halls. "Cinema hall aur mall jaane wali ladki nahi chahiye," she had said. Instead, she wanted a girl who could look after the house and respect elders.
But this does not mean that she wanted her daughters-in-law to be housewives. She wanted a girl who could look after the household work and also manage the outside work. "Jaise ki hum hain, waisi ladki chahiye," said Rabri, who in 1997, took over as Bihar chief minister after her husband and then CM Lalu Prasad had to resign in wake of Rs 950 crore animal husbandry scam.
Around one year after this verbal matrimonial ad, Rabri got a bride for her elder son. Tej Pratap married Aishwarya Rai in May this year. But within six months of marriage, Tej has already had enough of living a life that was suffocating because of his incompatibility with Aishwarya.
His father Lalu Prasad has asked him to wait for some time and not go ahead with this decision. But Tej Pratap, who has already filed a divorce petition in a Patna court, has made it clear that there's no going back.
The case will come up for hearing on November 29. He has also cited cruelty as grounds for seeking divorce. He said the separation has been sought invoking Section 13A of the Hindu Marriage Act under which either spouse can unilaterally seek divorce.