Asha C. Gilbert
In a series of unfortunate events, a groom married the sister of his bride after she collapsed and died earlier in the wedding ceremony.
The incident happened in Uttar Pradesh, India when a woman named Surabhi and man named Mangesh Kumar were tying the knot in a Hindu ceremony on May 27, Times of India reported.
During the jaimala, the exchanging of garlands by the bride and the groom in an Indian wedding, Surabhi collapsed and a doctor was called to treat her after she suffered a heart attack, News 18 reported.
After the doctor pronounced the bride dead, the families of the bride and groom agreed the bride’s younger sister, Nisha, would wed the groom.
In India, the majority of marriages are arranged, an estimated 90%.
Radha Patel, founder of South Asian matchmaking site Single to Shaadi, said it’s likely the families arranged for the sister to marry the groom because “they wanted to keep it in the family.”
Patel said her mother was in a similar situation when her aunt died in childbirth and there was an idea for her mother to marry her brother-in-law.
“So much vetting goes into matching families in marriages and it is natural for the families to want to stay together,” Patel said.
Her mother was unmarried and young, but her parents accepted her denial of the idea.
In the case of the Uttar Pradesh wedding, the families decided to go ahead with the ceremony while Surabhi’s body laid in another room.
“It was a bizarre situation as the wedding of my younger sister took place while the dead body of my other sister was lying in another room,” Saurabh, Surabhi’s brother, told the Times of India.
“We have never witnessed such mixed emotions,” Surabhi’s uncle Ajab Singh told News 18. “The grief over her death and the happiness of the wedding has yet to sink in.”
(c)2021 USA Today
Visit USA Today at www.usatoday.com
Distributed by Tribune Content Agency, LLC.