Woman deserts alcoholic husband in dry Bihar, marries another man

The marriage of Sangeeta, who deserted her alcoholic husband, was solemnised with Ramkeshwar Yadav, a widower, in the presence of their relatives and many social activists in Gaya district of Bihar.

india Updated: Apr 04, 2017 19:09 IST
Anil Kumar Ojha
Anil Kumar Ojha
Hindustan Times, Gaya
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Sangeeta and Ramkeshwar Yadav performing religious rituals after their marriage in Gaya district on Friday. (HT photo)

Gaya: Fed up with atrocities meted out to her by her alcoholic husband, a woman in Bihar’s Gaya district, 107km from Patna, abandoned him and married another man.

The marriage of Sangeeta, mother of a two-year-old girl, and Ramkeshwar Yadav, a widower, was solemnised in Sherghati sub-divisional court in the district on Friday in the presence of their relatives and many social activists.

Sangeeta, daughter of Deonandan Yadav of Ratanpur village under Sherghati sub-division, said she had spent nearly five years under trauma after her marriage to Sanjay Yadav, son of Chandradev Yadav of Dakhinkhap village.

“After my marriage I was shocked to see that almost every member of my in-laws family was addicted to alcohol. Even after the birth of my daughter, there was no change in the behavior of my first husband, who would often turn violent under influence of liquor and inflict injuries on me. When all my efforts to convince him to give up liquor failed and his atrocities increased with every passing day, I left my in-laws house with my daughter almost two years ago and started staying with my parents,” she said.

“My ordeal did not end here. I had initially thought that my action would bring change in my husband. But he would manage to procure liquor by illegal means even after the imposition of total prohibition in Bihar, reach my parents place and subject me to inhuman behaviour. That forced my parents to look for a new life partner for me,” she told the court before signing her new bond of marriage with Ramkeshwar Yadav of Asani village in Guraru police station of Gaya district.

Ramkeshwar Yadav, father of a five-year-old boy, assured the court and parents of his commitment to take “good care” of Sangeeta and her daughter from her previous marriage.

“I am very happy to marry a woman who has raised her voice against liquor,” Ramkeshwar later told Sangeeta’s parents.

Bihar is a dry state since April 5, 2016 when Nitish Kumar-led Grand Alliance government in the state banned manufacture, sale and consumption of alcohol.

First Published: Mar 18, 2017 14:15 IST