The video which recently surfaced on the internet triggered massive reactions from people around the world, calling for the ban of such a derogatory practice. Various clips of guests groping the bride, and pinching her breasts despite her reluctance have caused an uproar among the people.
Many have defended the ritual and said it began with an intention to educate young couples about sex. But if recent footages are to be believed, this misogynistic practice has gone too far, which almost involves molesting a woman as other people watch on.
In the video below, bridesmaids are subjected to sexual abuse, and despite their pleas and obvious dissent, the men continue to grope them. One bridesmaid is seen hiding her face while she is groped, and even though she kept removing the man’s hand, she was continued being assaulted.
Due to this tradition, many women in China are refusing to get married. And those who do, are hiring professional bridesmaids to save themselves and their friends from this obnoxious tradition. One such woman who works as a professional bridesmaid told The Financial Times:
Professional bridesmaids like me are tougher than amateurs. Some best men will tease bridesmaids or be fresh with them. Professionals like me can solve the embarrassment easily and quickly. That’s one reason I think why people hire me, to protect their friends.
Such practices which are conducted in the name of ‘fun’, ignore the premise of ‘consent’ without which it’s an open act of sexual abuse. These cultural trends are in fact shocking, and the fact they are still carried out in 21st century draws us to a realization that civilisation is yet to hit us