Ananta Burman sat on a dharna in front of her girlfriend’s house on Sunday. He held a placard that read, “Give back my eight years”.
Strikes have become a common way to make your voice heard and express your opinion. Dharnas and bhukh hadtals have helped people ensure that their message reaches to the many. Sitting on a dharna to make your loved one back may sound bizarre, however, this is exactly what happened with a couple from West Bengal.
Ananta Burman, from West Bengal, was in a relationship with a woman named Lipika for the last eight years. However, Lipika stopped communication with the man and even blocked him on Whatsapp, phone and other social networking platforms.
When Burman got to know that Lipika’s family was looking for a groom to get her marries somewhere else, Burman decided to get her back. A prospective groom was going to visit Lipika’s place on Sunday. Burman started a dharna outside his lover’s home just before the other man’s arrival.
Burman held a placard with him that read, “Give back my eight years”, according to a report in the DNA. Some people came out to support the man. In the meantime, the other man and his family arrived.
The police were called up but even they could not make Burman break his fast or move him from his place of dharna. The grieving lover’s health started to deteriorate and he was immediately rushed to a nearby hospital, however, he refused to eat.
The woman’s heart melted looking at Burman’s condition and she agreed to marry him. When local residents intervened, Lipika’s family also agreed to the marriage proposal. Burman and Lipika got married at a local temple with all the rituals almost immediately.