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In Bihar, jail threat triggers rethink in groom who called off wedding on whim

The threat of an FIR against him by the bride’s side finally convinced a reluctant groom to go ahead with a wedding he had all but called off after his friends were stopped from misbehaving with dancing girls.

india Updated: Jun 07, 2017 18:27 IST
Prasant Ranjan
Prasant Ranjan
Hindustan Times, Ara
Bhojpur wedding,Bihar incident,FIR threat
Veiled bride Gita Kumari taking wedding vows with ‘reluctant’ groom Anil Kumar in Bhojpur (Bihar) on Tuesday. (HT photo)

In Bihar, the threat of confinement in jail appears to work wonders on those walking out of a wedding!

On Tuesday, it took the threat of police case and jail to convince a whimsical groom in Bhojpur district of south central Bihar to agree to go ahead with a wedding he had all but called of on what the bride’s side thought was a flimsy excuse.

“The wedding rituals were performed at the bride’s native village, late night on Tuesday, a full 24 hours after the originally appointed hour, on Monday night, following my intervention”, confirmed Dinanath Singh, station house officer (SHO) of Agiaon Bazar police station In Bhojpur.

Police identified the reluctant groom as Anil Kumar, 25, son of Veeru Singh of Sanya village under Piro police station of Bhojpur, who was slated to wed Gita Kumari, 22, daughter of Rampravesh Singh of Akarhi village under Agiaon Bazar police station, about 85 km west of state capital, Patna.

The wedding party had reached Akharhi for the Monday night wedding. The ‘dwar puja’ ceremony, at which the groom and other members of party were ceremonially received, was a grand affair and it was time of the vistors to enjoy an afternoon of dance and frolic.

Police said the trouble started when some members of the ‘baraat’ party started misbehaving with the women dancers commissioned by the bride’s side to entertain them. Some youth climbed on to the stage and allegedly started getting ‘familiar’ with the dancers, locally referred to as ‘baijis’.

When matters started going out of hand, the people from the bride’s side tried to restrain the effervescent ‘baraatis’. To this, the groom and some of his friends to a strong objection and a scuffle between the two sides ensued.

Thereafter, the groom, angry over what he claimed was his humiliation, decided to call off the wedding and returned to his native village, along with other members of the wedding party, ignoring the entreaties of the bride’s family.

The SHO said the bride’s side brought the matter to the Agian Bazar police station on Monday night and by the time the police reached Akharhi, the wedding party had already left. Then, on Tuesday morning,he called people from both sides to sort out their differences but the groom remained adamant he won’t marry.

After much convincing, the groom agreed but onlyon the condition that the wedding rituals would be performed either at a temple or on police station premises. But the bride’s insisted it had to happen at the 'marwa' (a special platform) prepared for the occasion as to perform the rituals at any other place would be inauspicious.

“When nothing else worked, I warned the groom that the bride’s side was all set to register an FIR against him and he ought to be prepared for a stint in jail. It was then that the groom agreed to have the wedding ritual’s at the bride’s place”, the SHO told HT.

The groom had since returned to his village, Sanya, along with his bride, he confirmed.

In a similar, though not identical case last month, a Bhojpur man, Arjuna Dubey, wed Riya Kumari, a girl he knew for five years, only after she filed an FIR at the Ara women’s police station, accusing him of ‘raping’ her on the promise of marriage. The wedding took place at the Aaranya Devi temple at Ara in Bhojpur.

First Published: Jun 07, 2017 18:27 IST