Desire for a son to carry the family name has made an 86-year-old Nepali man tie the nuptial knot for the fourth time. His latest bride is a 43-year old—half his age.
Gopal Bahadur Malla, a resident of Dadeldhura district in far western Nepal bordering India, married Kalawati with permission from his third wife and support of fellow villagers.
“I got married at this old age only to have a son carry forward my family lineage. Now I am nervous due to our huge age difference,” The Kathmandu Post quoted the octogenarian.
Malla who is fast losing his eyesight took the step as all his children are dead and he was worried that his family name would end with him.
The villager from Chamsal had got married for the first time at the age of 20. All children including a son from his second wife have died and his third wife had not borne him any issue.
One of his wives has died, another has left him and the third stays with him.
“I had no support from anyone. This marriage is a compromise but I am happy for the social and financial security it has brought,” said the new bride.