The curious case of a Delhi bride winning an 8-year long legal battle over the length of her lehnga
You don't mess with a woman--especially on her wedding day.
There isn't any girl in the world who doesn't dream of a perfect wedding day when her Prince Charming would ride on a horse and take her away. But some of us can be become so obsessed with the idea of everything being absolutely perfect on the D-day that even a slight difference from what we had imagined can get the better of us.
The result? Well, maybe the bride would freak out at the most but the situation would still manageable if that happens, right? Wrong. This Delhi north-Delhi based woman just didn't freak out over a negligible mistake; she relentlessly fought for 'justice' for eight long years.
Just in case you are wondering what that blunder she worked so hard to get justice for was, well, the designer who made her wedding lehenga made it two goddamn inches shorter than she wanted it to be.In her complaint, the woman alleged that when a month prior to her wedding in 2008, she tried on that lehenga first, it turned out to be two inches short in length and its bottom was not uniformly round in shape.
The sales person then promised to get it rectified and delivered well before the due date. However, when she finally took it out to wear it on her big day, she was shocked to see the state of her dreamy wedding dress and wore it with a heavy heart. Despite the embarrassment, she turned to the store manager again for getting the "unwearable" dress fixed only to be faced with countless excuses about being short-staffed and overworked by him.
And when the visible joint in her lehenga became too much to bear, she finally filed a complaint. Being abused and misbehaved with by the staff was another factor responsible for her action.
Now, you obviously know how just and well--active our judicial system is--so the Delhi State Consumer Disputes Redressal Commission directed the Chandni Chowk-based fashion studio to not only refund the cost of the lehenga, but also give Rs 50,000 as compensation to the woman for causing harassment to her.
That's not it. The commission also asked the store to pay Rs 5 lakh to the consumer welfare fund of the state as compensation for punitive damages they might have caused to customers who may have faced the same problem with them and haven't reported it.
NP Kaushik, a judicial member said, "The woman bore the embarrassment of wearing a short lehenga at the time of the wedding. The couple's grievance aggravated when the store representative added a prominent joint to increase the length and which made it look awkward and despite this, the complainant was asked to pay alteration charges."
What we love about the whole case is that it gives us the hope that there's still justice in the world. We just wish that all those pending rape cases too get to see the light of the day and the victims get their due share too. Fingers crossed.