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Marriage ritual gone wrong: Sword- wielding groom ‘kills’ 10-year-old boy

Police say a case of homicide not amounting to murder will be registered against the groom.

bhopal Updated: Apr 21, 2017 17:01 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times, Bhopal/ Neemuch
Marriage ritual,Gaon Gawai,Groom kills boy
A traditional ritual of cutting leaves of Kherji tree with a sword by a groom ahead of his marriage to please gods went terribly wrong in a Madhya Pradesh village, killing a 10-year-old boy on Thursday(REUTERS Photo for representational purpose only )

An age-old tradition of chopping leaves of a “special tree” by a groom ahead of his marriage to propitiate gods went horribly wrong at a Madhya Pradesh village on Thursday, killing a 10-year-old boy.

Police on Friday said a case pertaining to accidental death would be registered against the groom at Rampura police station, under whose jurisdiction the village falls.

The bride’s family has also called off the marriage after the boy, one of their relatives, died.

Phoolchand Bhoi (24), a resident of Bhoi Mohalla village in Neemuch district, situated some 400 km north west of Bhopal, was to get married on Thursday.

As part of a tradition known as “Gaon Gawai”, he was cutting leaves from Kherji tree with a sword in the evening. A large number of family members gathered around the tree having fun. Unfortunately, Hemant Shankar came in the way of the sword-wielding groom. The sword struck the boy in his stomach, grievously injuring him.

Hemant was rushed to the local government hospital, but as his condition was critical, he was referred to the Neemuch district hospital, some 60 km away from the village. He died on the way.

Rampura town inspector Amit Saraswat said since the boy died in Neemuch, a case would be registered there and then it would be transferred to Rampura, where a case of homicide not amounting to murder would be registered against the groom.

First Published: Apr 21, 2017 17:00 IST

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