The list of expectations that Pakistanis have from their dulhans is never-ending. Apart from being strikingly fair, adorned in the most dazzling jewels, and showing the utmost grace while being crushed by the weight of societal expectations the heavy kaam wala duppatta, the perfect Pakistani bride must constantly have her gaze transfixed to the floor while maintaining the slightest hint of a smile. Not too much, of course, because no woman is allowed to be THAT happy on her wedding day.
You might think that I’m exaggerating, and while it is true that things might be slightly better now than they were a few decades ago for dulhans, we still live in a country where brides get trolled for laughing too much on their freaking wedding day. Yep. That’s a thing that happened.
And now, our awaam seems to have found a new target. Just have a look at this video doing rounds on the internet featuring a beautiful bride receiving affection on her wedding day which seems to have infuriated the general public.
The video in questions features a bride who looks slightly alarmed for a second as an older female relative caresses her head, inherently risking the integrity of the sleek bridal updo. However, the Dulhan quickly breaks into a smile after this interaction and just strokes the top of her hair to ensure that her hairstyle is still maintained. Seems harmless and innocent enough, right? Yeah, wrong. Apparently, the millisecond of shock on the bride’s face has made a lot of people on the internet very angry.