A bride in India left her groom at the altar, walking out of her wedding ceremony for a strange reason — he couldn’t solve a simple math problem.
The bride wanted to test her groom’s intelligence, believing that the man’s family had misled her about his level of education. So she posed him what she thought was a simple math question — what is 15 plus six?
He answered 17, and the bride walked out of the ceremony.
Afterward, the bride’s family stood by her decision.
“Any class I student must be able to solve the simple problem asked by us. The family of the groom had kept us in dark about the youth’s qualification,” said Mohar Singh, the bride’s father, in an interview with the Times of India. “It was a very embarrassing situation for all of us as we had come with all preparations and it was a matter of social prestige as well. We have been cheated.”
The groom’s family tried to reason with the bride, arguing with her math test and pleading for her to go through with the ceremony, but she refused.
Though the math test may be a first, it’s not the first time a bride in India ditched a groom for a strange reason. Last month, a bride grew enraged when her groom had an epileptic seizure and collapsed during the ceremony, so she did something drastic — married another man instead.
The bride, 25-year-old Jugal Kishore, asked the crowd if there was anyone else willing to step up and marry her.
The story of the bride in India who issued a math test may have seemed odd, but local reports noted that marriage in many parts of India is seen as a business proposition bringing two families together. As the Los Angeles Times noted, many families go so far as to hire private investigators to vet a potential groom, making sure they’re not hiding any medical conditions or other secrets.
If a bride in India were to find that the groom or his family is hiding something big, it is seen as akin to fraud.
The story of the bride in India who dumped the math-challenged groom has at least a semi-happy ending. Police were called to mediate the situation, and were able to negotiate the return of all the wedding presents. An officer noted that the families have “amicably resolved the matter.”
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