A double wedding took a dramatic twist when one of the intended grooms ran away moments before the ceremony – and a guest stepped in to marry the bride.
Two brothers, Ashok and Naveen were set to be married in a village in Tarikere taluk of Chikkamagaluru district in Karnataka, India on Sunday, January 3.
Sure enough, Ashok tied the knot, but as the ceremony began his brother Naveen was nowhere to be found.
It transpired that Ashok had a secret girlfriend who had reportedly threatened turn up to the wedding venue and drink poison rather than allow the young man to go through with the ceremony.
Ashok's heartbroken bride-to-be, Sindhi was left sobbing in the wedding venue.
Surprisingly, reports the Bangalore Mirror, Sindhu's family manage to locate someone willing to step up and give the young women a wedding to remember after all.
After some discussion one of the weeding guests – a man named Chandrappa, who works as a conductor for the Bangalore Metropolitan Transport Corporation – agreed to marry Sindhu.
Amazingly, the dramatic soap-opera plot is nothing new. In 2019, another Indian bride, from Sironj city of Madhya Pradesh, eloped with the man who had been hired to conduct the ceremony.
The priest, a man named Vinod Maharaj who was already married and had two children, didn't just take the 21-year-old bride. The happy couple made off with jewellery worth 150,000 rupees (just over £1,500) and just over 30,000 rupees (around £300) in cash.
An investigation later revealed that the runaway bride had been in a romantic relationship with the priest for two years.
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