கணவன் மனைவி என்பது கிடையாது, ஒருவருக்கொருவர் துணைவர்கள், கூட்டாளிகள் என்பதுதான்.
Regarding marriage, Thanthai Periyar has stated that it is one of the worst customs in
Wedding feast, jewels, expensive clothes, procession, pandal, dance, music—money is spent on all these to satisfy the vanity of the organizers. Whatever may be the amount of money spent on the wedding and however pompous each of the items may be, the mirth and jollity associated with these are over in two or three days. In a week's time the prestige and honor connected with these are forgotten. But the wedding expenses leave many families crushed; for many poor families these expenses leave an enormous burden and the debts remain un cleared for a number of years.
Periyar advocated the substitution of the word for marriage taken from the Tirukkual "Valkai thunai" or "life partner".