A Ghaziabad family has claimed that the bridegroom who turned up to marry a 22-year-old woman of the family was not the one they had fixed the alliance with. The police are in a fix on how to act on a complaint in this regard.
The incident took place on the night of April 23 in a locality under the Loni police station.
More than 300 guests had arrived at the woman’s residence for the wedding and her family had made all arrangements for the wedding. However, the family members said they were stunned when they discovered that the groom did not resemble the photo, based on which the alliance was fixed.
“There was some difference in looks. We suspect that he was not the same man whose photograph was shown to us by a mediator. Only 5-10 persons from his family had come for the wedding and they also demanded ₹1 lakh in cash. We had not made any arrangement to meet their demand. The incident shocked us and we also tried calling police emergency number but could not get through,” Deepak Kumar, the bride’s brother, said.
He said that the wedding talks started around two and half months ago through a relative, who acted as the mediator. He said that the groom, Jai Kumar, worked as a clerk with an advocate and was from Loni.
“Following the incident, we asked the family about the groom, upon which they called off the wedding and left. Nearly 350 people had gathered for the event. My sister is very upset about what has happened but she did not want to marry the man who had shown up. It seems we have been cheated,” Kumar said.
Srikant Prajapati, circle officer (Loni), said that the bride’s family approached the police on Monday and lodged a complaint.
“They allege that the man whose photograph was shown to them before the wedding was not the one who had turned up. They also claim that the groom’s family demanded ₹1 lakh dowry. On the other hand, the groom’s family said that the bride’s family had earlier promised to gift them household items but failed to keep their promise,” Prajapati said.
“The issue has puzzled us as, generally, a wedding is fixed only after the families meet and the bride and groom interact personally. To sort it out, we have decided that we will call both the parties for a discussion to know the actual reason for the wedding to be called off. In case the issue is not settled, we will lodge an FIR in the matter,” he said.