A bride in Dumri Chapiya village, Bihar called-off her wedding after the groom allegedly turned up in an inebriated state for the marriage.
The bride, Rinki Kumari was to marry Bablu Kumar on Saturday.
“The groom was so drunk that he was unaware of his surroundings. He misbehaved on the stage, so my daughter refused to marry him.” Tribhuvan Shah, the bride’s father told news agency ANI.
The relatives said the groom was so drunk that he was unable to stand properly. Also, he could not perform the rituals correctly; as a result, the bride left the wedding and went away.
Both the families tried to convince Rinki for the marriage but she did not agree.
The villagers apparently did not let the groom leave the venue until the time he returned the entire dowry he had taken.
In Bihar, where liquor was banned in 2016, incidents like this are not uncommon.
In January, a bride in Nalanda district turned away the groom and his friends after they arrived drunk to the wedding venue. The villagers informed the local police and the groom was arrested and charged for violating prohibition.
The Nitish Kumar government in Bihar claims that prohibition has been successful in the state but social activists allege that alcohol is sold illegally and young men resort to bootlegging to make a quick buck.
The RJD’s Tejashwi Yadav, who was Nitish Kumar’s deputy when the prohibition law was enacted in April 2016 but is now leader of opposition, has strongly criticised the law and called it a “farce”.
(Inputs from media reports)