Bhubaneswar: The social stigma of dowry demand has many ill impacts on brides and their families. Breaking of marriage agreement at the eleventh hour is one of such ill effects.
Such an incident came to the fore near Balangir wherein a bridegroom didn’t turn up even as his Barats reached the bride’s village on time.
An arranged marriage was fixed for a bride of Chatiapali village on outskirts of Balangir with Bargarh’s Rajesh Suna. As per the schedule, Rajesh had to come with Barats to bride’s village on March 11 evening. Though Barats reached the village on time, bridegroom Rajesh did not turn up. Seeing this, bride’s family contacted Rajesh to enquire about late. However, Rajesh said he would not go unless prompt cash of Rs 30,000 or a motorcycle is given to him as dowry, alleged bride’s father Pabitra Kumbhar.
On the other hand, Rajesh said he didn’t turn up as the horoscope didn’t agree the time for him to go along with the Barats. Had he come with the Barats, an accident would have occurred. Hence, he didn’t come. But later he came and begged for the bride’s hand. But the bride’s father and uncles beat him up, Rajesh alleged in his complaint.
Both the families have lodged complaints in the Balangir Town police station. Police have started investigations.