Bride in UP refuses to marry gutkha-chewing groom


New Delhi June 14 (TNS): A girl refused to marry a man for chewing gutkha (tobacco) in Murarpatti village in Uttar Pradesh’s Ballia district, leaving the groom high and dry and her relatives shocked over the weekend.

According to police, the bridegroom, a resident of Dalan Chapara, had reached Lalganj village with his ‘baraat’ and was given a rousing reception. But just when he was to step inside the mandap for wedding rituals, the girl spotted him chewing tobacco and refused to tie the knot with him.

Relatives of the girl,a student of Bachelor of Arts at a local college, were stunned by her decision. Friends and relatives of both the bride and groom held a protracted meeting over the night but failed to make her change her decision.

Relatives of the groom also went to the Dokati police station and complained. The girl, however, stood her ground and refused to budge.

Police station officer Vijay Singh said the girl insisted she would not marry a ‘gutkha addict.’

“Though her parents and kin of the groom made efforts to convince her for the marriage, she refused to change her decision,” village head Dhayashankar Pathak told HT. Hindustan Times