When a bride gave birth to a child right during her wedding ceremony, the kin of both the bride and groom as well as community members decided to cancel the marriage and wind up the ceremony.
However, the groom decided to go ahead with the ceremony and took home not only the bride, but also the newborn baby. The incident unfolded on Friday in the tribal-dominated Dindori district, 466 km east from state capital Bhopal. The bride, Damayanti Bai (name changed), went into labour pain during the 'phere' ceremony and delivered a baby right at the venue.
All the guests and relatives present at scene were shocked and most of them tried to persuade the groom Man Singh Dhurve to walk-off the marriage. But to everybody's surprise Man Singh said he could not leave the bride in such a situation and continued with the marriage rites with the baby in his arms.
The relatives were forced to rethink on their decision to not participate in the 'tainted' ceremony after Man Singh requested them to stay back. Elders of the community even warned the groom saying that he would be penalised if he married the woman. But an unyielding Man Singh said he was ready to pay the penalty as decided by the community panchayat and the marriage was performed.
"The day I was engaged to her, I had promised to support her throughout life," said Man Singh. He said that he was happy with his decision that saved two families from being humiliated.
The groom's father too appreciating his son's act said he was ready to pay the penalty if the panchayat members say so.
Chhotelal Dhurve, uncle of the groom, said that initially he had thought of shunning the marriage but the groom's insistence forced him to think again. "Now we are proud of his decision," he added.