UP’s ‘Revolver Rani’ who abducted her lover from wedding venue marries him
A woman who stormed a wedding venue to abduct her lover who was getting married to another woman, finally tied the knot with the man in Hamirpur on Sunday.Updated: Jul 11, 2017 17:38 IST
Hindustan Times, Kanpur
Taking her love story to a logical conclusion, Varsha Sahu aka ‘Revolver Rani’ finally got married to Ashok Yadav at a temple in Hamirpur, 65 km from here on Sunday.
Varsha shot into limelight when she stormed into the wedding pandal brandishing a pistol and kidnapped her lover who was getting married to another woman in Maudaha in Bundelkhand on May 15.
On Sunday, the marriage of the duo was solemnized at the Mata Chaura temple by the head priest. Hundreds of people accompanied the couple to the temple amid ‘bhangra beats’.
“I am ecstatic. I had to struggle a lot to make this day happen,” said a beaming Varsha, dressed in a yellow sari.
“First, I had to kidnap Ashok from his wedding and then I had to ensure his release from the Hamirpur district jail,” she said.
Ashok came out of the jail on July 4 after he was granted bail in a case of cheating the family of the girl he was marrying in Bhavani village had filed. Varsha was outside the jail to receive him and they left together announcing they would marry soon.
Interestingly, the local unit of the Shiv Sena made all the arrangements for the temple wedding and food that was served to the guests.
In fact, Shiv Sena state president Ratan Brahmchari announced the launch of an NGO that would support girls ditched by their lovers.
“We have named the NGO as ‘Revolver Rani’ and it will be headed by Varsha. It will help girls like her in reuniting with their lovers,” said Brahmchari.
The couple hit the headlines when Varsha, in a true filmy style, kidnapped Ashok when he was moments away from marrying the woman his family had chosen for him.
The 27-year-old groom had even performed the ‘Jaimal’ ritual (wherein the bride and bridegroom garland each other), and was just about to take the customary ‘saat phere’ (seven sacred vows), in the presence of hundreds of guests.
Varsha, witnesses recall, had put a revolver on Ashok’s head, leaving him with no choice but to go with her. The duo was discovered in Banda 48 hours after the incident.
Later, it emerged that Ashok, a contractual employee with a government hospital, was in a live-in relationship with Varsha for eight years. And she could not come to terms with his decision to marry another woman.
After the kidnapping incident, Laloo Yadav, the father of the girl with whom Ashok was to get married, registered a case against him for cheating his family by not disclosing his relationship with Varsha and calling off the marriage at the last moment.
The police arrested Ashok and sent him to jail.
Ashok’s family did not press any charges against Varsha but also refused to bail him out. It was Varsha who arranged for his bail and finally married him on Sunday after his release.
A few of Varsha’s relatives attended the marriage but none from Ashok’s family showed up. The groom, though, said he was happy to marry Varsha. “We will start afresh,” he said.
First Published: Jul 10, 2017 10:21 IST