Braving the intermittent heavy rains, Om Shanti Sharma sits in silent prayer. She calls upon God for a suitable groom for her daughter. But she wants the match to be none other but the General Secretary of the Congress party Rahul Gandhi. And if the Gandhi scion accepts her proposal, she is ready to shell out Rs 15 crore as dowry.
Clad in a simple yellow sari, Sharma has been sitting on an indefinite fast at Jantar Mantar since July 9, and has taken a maun-vrata. However, the placard placed behind her speaks beyond her vow of silence. It reads, ‘Rahul Gandhi se apni beti ke rishtey ki maang’.
The card also states that she is from Jaipur in Rajasthan and wants her share in property from her in-laws and family. “She has taken a vow of silence, so she neither speaks, nor writes anything to communicate. She sits here all day praying,” said Santosh Murat Singh, another protestor at Jantar Mantar, who has been declared dead by his relatives and is fighting to prove his existence.
Meanwhile, police officials said that Sharma could be mentally unstable and has not sought any requisite permission or has submitted an undertaking regarding her protest. When inquired about the incident, additional DCP of New Delhi range KC Dwivedi refused to comment.