A bride called off her marriage in Uttar Pradesh’s Mathura district after the allegedly drunk groom accused his prospective in-laws of changing the girl ahead of the wedding.
The groom’s family, from Bharatpur district in Rajasthan, had to leave without the bride but only after paying the expenses incurred by the girl’s family for arranging the marriage, police said on Monday.
A week ago, another bride in Gorakhpur had called off her marriage after she found the groom drunk ahead of the ceremony. Earlier this month, a Haryana bride rode on horseback to the marriage ceremony breaking a men-only tradition in a highly conservative society.
Guests who attended the Mathura wedding said the marriage party from Deeg town in Rajasthan reached Parkhan on March 11 and stayed there for two days for the wedding on Sunday night.
When the marriage party reached the wedding venue, the groom was allegedly drunk. He accused the bride’s family of changing the girl in the last moment, they said, adding that he insisted on selecting his bride from among four girls present at the venue.
The bride refused to marry after she learnt about the groom’s demand, though she was advised by the elders not to do so, the guests said.
Later, a panchayat called to solve the dispute found the groom’s family at fault and asked them to compensate for the expenses incurred by the bride’s family.
Two members of the marriage party were sent to Deeg to bring the money and the others were held hostage till they returned.
Mathura police official Kunwar Anupam Singh said there was a dispute during the wedding but denied that the groom’s family was held hostage for compensation by the villagers.
“Police reached the village when informed about the dispute and later the marriage party returned without the bride after the panchayat held them at fault,” said Singh.
No complaint regarding the incident was filed with police, sources said.