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Heart of Gold! Olympian Yogeshwar Dutt takes Re 1 as dowry

Yogeshwar Dutt, who has won bronze medal for India in 2012 London Olympics, has once again made the country proud with his latest gesture. The athlete has broken social stigma by announcing that he is

India TV Sports Desk, New Delhi [ Published on: January 16, 2017 10:52 IST ]
Yogeshwar Dutt
Yogeshwar DuttPhoto:PTI

Yogeshwar Dutt, who has won bronze medal for India in 2012 London Olympics, has once again made the country proud with his latest gesture.

The athlete has broken social stigma by announcing that he is accepting just a token Re 1 as dowry when he weds on January 16 in Delhi.

The bride-to-be, Sheetal, is the daughter of Haryana Congressman Jaibhagwan Sharma.

The Times of India quoted Yogeshwar as saying, "I saw my family struggle to collect dowry for the girls of the family. As a result, I decided on two things while growing up - I will excel in wrestling and I will not accept dowry. My first dream has been realised and now it is time to keep my second promise."

Yogeshwar got engaged to Sheetal on Saturday in Rohtak and according to his mother, they accepted the Re 1 token as a mark of good omen.

The act of Yogeshwar’s family accepting Re 1 has sparked a row on micro-blogging site Twitter with many asking why he accepted even one rupee.

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