At 73, retired Karnataka teacher places ad for life partner | Mysuru News – Times of India

MYSURU: A matrimonial ad published by a 73-year-old retired teacher, seeking a husband, has triggered debate and discussion in the city and online, with many cheering her boldness and positive attitude, and others advising caution against frauds.
In the advertisement, the woman sought an alliance from any healthy man older than her, and mandatorily a Brahmin, of her community. She said she is leading a lonely life and looking for a “jeevana sangati”.
She told STOI: “I don’t have a family of my own. My parents are no more. My first marriage ended in divorce. I fear staying alone. Thoughts that I may fall at home and fail to get help, or fear of walking home from the bus stop have led me to look for a life partner.”
She said her marriage and divorce was painful and the hurt prevented her from contemplating marriage all these years.
More than a marriage and spouse in the traditional sense, she added, what she needs now is a “companion for the rest of my life” who will stay with her.
The advertisement, widely shared on social media, drew applause from youths who said her decision would break cultural stereotypes in society.
Activist Roopa Hassan said the woman most likely fears loneliness and has chosen to look for a partner, having led an independent life so far.
“She should be very careful in her decision. Else, criminals may take advantage of it,” she said.
Raveesh BN, a psychiatry professor, said the ad should be an eye-opener for society where the elderly are often neglected, and loneliness becomes a factor with increasing age.
“Today, there is no joint family. The mental health of people is deteriorating and causing issues,” he said.
According to her, more than a spouse in the traditional sense, she needs a companion who will stay with her for the rest of her life

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