An Indian bride, incensed at seeing her groom have an epileptic seizure and collapse to the ground during the weeding ceremony, chose to marry another man on the spot, the Times of India is reporting.
The wedding of Jugal Kishore, 25, and his would-be bride, Indira, was going off without a hitch until they were just about to to participate in the wedding custom of “varmala,” where the bride and groom put garlands of flowers on one another. It was then that Jugal had a seizure and collapsed to the ground. He was taken by ambulance to a hospital.
Indira became enraged that Jugal and his family had kept his epilepsy a secret from her and her family. But, apparently figuring that since everything necessary for a wedding was already in place, by golly, there was going to be a wedding that day. So she asked the crowd if anyone was willing to “step up,” so to speak, according to the BBC.
At this point it bears noting that in India, a marriage is considered as much of a business proposition, and a melding of two families, as it is a union between the two people getting married, and the two families involved often vet each other out. In fact, reports the L.A. Times, some Indian families have even hired private investigators to suss out dirt on the other family, looking at their habits, their money, even their politics. So not disclosing a medical problem is, apparently, considered something akin to fraud.
Indira, apparently viewing herself the victim of fraud, but not wanting to waste a chance to have a wedding, found a new groom in the crowd — a member of Jugal’s family, who the Times of India notes was dressed in jeans and a leather jacket. The unnamed wedding guest stepped into Jugal’s spot, and the wedding was completed.
When Jugal returned from the hospital, he wasn’t amused. He begged Indira to reconsider, saying that he would be mocked and ridiculed by his friends and family if he returned from his wedding without a bride, but the ceremony was already concluded and there was nothing to be done.
The situation descended into a “punch-up,” as the Mirror calls it, with the two families eventually coming to blows, and even a police complaint. However, cooler heads prevailed and the families worked out their differences, and the complaint was withdrawn, according to a police spokesperson.
“Both families have amicably resolved the matter. The complaints have been withdrawn. Kishore and his family have now returned in peace to [their home].”
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