Hyderabad: All you going to be brides out there, would you like to know how to live a happy married life? An institute based in Hyderabad is offering a ‘Dulhan course’ for going to be brides and this has offended many deeply.

Many on Twitter criticised the organisation over the title of the course ‘Dulhan Course’. A Tweet read, “Idea: Start such an academy and teach gender dynamics and politics under the name “Dulhan course”. Teach women their worth and empower them (sic).”

However, the organisation Family Institute of India argued that the ‘Dulhan course’ is a unique and innovative initiative to help students rediscover the value and impact of family life. Going by the advertisement sewing, cooking, beauty tips and mehndi are a few courses that can help brides lead a happy family. The organisation works among the Muslim community in Hyderabad.

Already 12 girls have already enrolled for the three months course which is priced at Rs 5,000 per month.

A counsellor at the Family Institute of India, Ilyas Shamsi says, “We want our young generation to revive the traditional family values. There has been an increase in divorce cases among the Muslim community mainly because brides lack household training skills. This inspired us to start the Dulhan course. The organisation also offers pre and post-marriage counselling to young girls and ‘best mother’ training to women.

A post-graduate student from the Hyderabad Central University Hamna Nazir says, “I find this very weird. There are too many other factors that go around when somebody says they are not comfortable in a marriage relationship. Some people like homemaking. For them providing a course is fine. But you cannot link both. If a couple is happy together then everything else falls in place. Skill is something a couple can learn together.”

But after receiving flak Ilyas tries to cover up for his earlier stance, “There has been an increase in divorce cases among the Muslim community mainly because brides lack the household training skills.” Now Ilays says,”The title is only an advertising strategy. Our classes are open to both dulhans and dulhas.”

But this is not the first time that an advertisement like this has made waves on the internet. In 2018 a university in Madhya Pradesh came up with a three-month life skills course promising to produce “sanskari” brides and grooms.!

Dheeshma Puzhakkal

Dheeshma Puzhakkal is currently a Reporter with Newsmeter. An alumnus of Hyderabad Central University, she has interned with Greater Kashmir newspaper and NDTV. Dheeshma has also made short films and documentaries. Her documentary ‘Still I Rise’, which is based on sex-trafficking in Hyderabad’s Old City, has earned accolades in several film festivals, such as International Documentary and Short Film Festival, Kerala (IDSFFK). An avid foodie, she loves to travel and listen to stories that others tell. Photography is one of her all-time interests. She has extensively written on satellite-based journalism, health, consumer, and data stories besides covering anti-crime investigative agencies.

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