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Man goes out for groceries amid lockdown, returns with bride


Groom’s family objects to the marriage

INDIA’s nationwide lockdown has seen people stepping out only for essentials, but a 26-year-old man near New Delhi who went out to buy groceries instead returned with a wife.

The man’s mother, stumped at her son’s sudden and secret wedding, denied him entry when he brought his new bride home in Delhi’s satellite city of Ghaziabad on Wednesday.

She then lodged a complaint with the police, already hard-pressed to enforce stay-at-home orders, leaving them at their wits’ end on how to handle the family drama.

“He told me he was going out to do grocery shopping, but when he returned, he came back with a wife. I am not ready to accept this marriage,” the teary-eyed woman said in a video that has gone viral on social media.

The man, seen standing with his sari-clad wife nearby, said the couple tied the knot at a temple earlier in the day and they would get a marriage certificate once the lockdown is lifted.

Local police officer Rakesh Kumar Mishra confirmed the developments saying the groom’s family had objected to the marriage since the woman belonged to another caste.

Arranged marriages are largely the norm in India and parents carefully match caste and family status when setting up a marriage.

– dpa