In a shocking incident, a UP-based bride called off her marriage after the groom kissed her in front of 300 guests to win a bet he had with his friends. The incident was reported from Uttar Pradesh’s Sambal district and occurred earlier on Tuesday, last week. The 23-year-old cited being “doubtful about the character” of the groom, who to merely win a bet, kissed him in public in the presence of the wedding attendees.
A Times of India report quoted the 23-year-old bride giving an account of the incident that occurred. “He was touching me inappropriately while we were on the stage, but I ignored it. Then he did something unexpected. I was shocked and felt insulted. He didn’t care about my self-respect and acted badly in front of several guests. How would he act in the future? I have decided not to go with him,” she was quoted saying.
The matter escalated to a point that both the parties took to the local cops, who tried to mediate. As per Pankaj Lavania, Bahjoi SHO, the couple is technically married as the rituals were done by the time the groom kissed the bride in the presence of wedding guests to win bet. However, as the bride rejected the groom, a cool-down period of a few days is being observed.
The Facts of the Matter
Call it entitlement or simply reckless abandon of youth, grooms and brides in the past have called of their weddings due to sometimes trivial and sometimes sensible reasons. In another such incident, a bride in Uttar Pradesh called off her marriage after her groom kissed her in front of 300 guests. The motive behind the groom’s actions? Winning a bet!
Wedding Rituals Completed
The incident was reported from UP’s Sambal district, where the 23-year-old graduate woman was at the wedding venue, set to marry her groom earlier on Tuesday last week. The wedding rituals were being observed one by one, and the couple had exchanged garlands (varmala), a final ritual that officiates the marriage.
Bride Gets Rude Shock, Groom Kisses her
Before things could proceed, the bride received a rude shock right after the varmala, when the groom kissed her right after the ritual. Shocked and annoyed, the bride immediately left the stage and called off the wedding.
Moreover, the 23-year-old bride also called the police regarding the matter. A Times of India report quoted the bride giving an account of what transpired to the police.
“Felt insulted”: Bride Gives Reason for Calling Off Wedding
“He was touching me inappropriately while we were on the stage, but I ignored it. Then he did something unexpected. I was shocked and felt insulted. He didn’t care about my self-respect and acted badly in front of several guests. How would he act in the future? I have decided not to go with him,” the bride reported to the police.
The bride mentioned that the groom was provoked by his friends regarding a bet.
Mother Tries to Convince Bride, Cops Mediate
Meanwhile, the bride’s own mother was of the opinion that her daughter should go with the groom and get done with the marrying. “We tried convincing her, but she didn’t agree. We have decided to wait a few days and let her take some time,” she was quoted saying.
Meanwhile, the SHO under whose jurisdiction the incident happened, told media that although the couple is technically married as the rituals were already done by then, the bride has rejected the 26-year-old groom identified as Vivek Agnihotri.