A groom had to return without getting married in a Bihar village after the bride refused to marry the man for his "ugly" looks.
Sarita Kumari, a resident of a village in Samastipur district, 70 kms from Patna, stunned all when she refused to marry Jilajit Sharma after she discovered that he was ugly and not a good match for her age-wise, local reports said on Tuesday.
But the humiliation did not end there for Sharma as the girl's parents held him hostage for two days demanding the money they had spent on arranging the marriage. The groom was freed with the intervention of some influential local people later, police said.
Sharma said Sarita rejected him saying "he was too thin and appears ugly".
Sarita alleged that Sharma was not the groom his parents had presented before her family earlier. "He does not qualify as my life partner," she said.
In another case this week, Rajni Kumari of Bhukhal Chapar village in Gopalganj district, about 250 kms from Patna, refused to marry Bhola Prasad when she discovered that he was too dark.
In rural Bihar, hundreds of marriages are taking place in the current traditional marriage season known as Lagan.