It was her wedding day, April 28. Neha, in her early 20s, was wearing a traditional red bridal attire and ready for ‘jaimaal’ ceremony. She was taken aback on seeing her groom, Arvind. Her excitement soon turned into disdain when she realized that the person she was about to get married to, was inebriated so much so that he had lost his senses.
A girl in a village in Mahoba district stunned members of her family and community when she refused to marry the groom because she found him in an inebriated state just ahead of the wedding ceremony on April 28. The incident took place late on Tuesday night at Ajnar village of the district when Neha (name changed), daughter of Shripat Ahirwar refused to marry her drunk groom who had to return home humiliated and shattered. Neha’s marriage was to be solemnised with Arvind, a native of Ragauli village under the limits of Harpalpur police station in MP (Madhya Pradesh), on April 28.
Neha, in her early 20s, was decked up in traditional red bridal attire and ready for ‘jaimaal’ ceremony, but on seeing Arvind drunk and quarelling with her siblings and other guests over DJ music, she refused to marry him and walked away from the venue.
At the ‘mandap’, the priest who was getting disturbed while chanting mantras, asked the siblings of the girl to stop playing DJ music. When they stopped the DJ, Arvind and his relatives who were drunk started quarelling with them and created a scene. Neha, who was witness to the entire drama, called off the wedding.
Villagers also supported Neha and asked her parents not to force her into marrying a person against her wishes.
The girl’s father and siblings too took a courageous stand and asked the ‘baraat’ to return. “She found full backing from her parents,” family sources said.
Neha could not digest that after taking liquor the groom should utter abusive words to her relatives,” said a relative of the girl.
One more thing happened after the unsuccessful wedding ceremony which taught the groom’s family a lots:
When the audacious family of the groom reached the police for their intervention, they were told nothing could be done since the bride took the decision herself.
(Originally published in The Times Of India | Image for representative purpose only)