A double wedding took a dramatic turn when one of the planned grooms bolted seconds before the ceremony, and the bride was married by a guest.
Two brothers, Ashok and Naveen, were set to marry in a village in the Tarikere taluk of the Chikkamagaluru district of Karnataka, India.
Naveen did indeed marry the knot, but his brother Ashok was nowhere to be seen as the ceremony began.
It was revealed that Ashok had a hidden girlfriend who had threatened to show up at the wedding venue and drink poison if the young man was not allowed to complete the ceremony.
Ashok’s heartbroken bride-to-be, Sindhu was left sobbing in the wedding venue.
Surprisingly, reports the Bangalore Mirror, Sindhu’s family managed to locate someone willing to step up and give the young woman a wedding to remember after all.
After some discussions, one of the wedding guests – a man named Chandrappa, who works as a conductor for the Bangalore Metropolitan Transport Corporation – agreed to marry Sindhu.
Amazingly, the dramatic soap-opera plot is nothing new. In 2019, another Indian bride, from Sironj city of Madhya Pradesh, eloped with the man who had been hired to conduct the ceremony.
The priest, a man named Vinod Maharaj who was already married and had two children, didn’t just take the 21-year-old bride. The couple eloped with jewellery worth 150,000 rupees (just over £1,500) and 30,000 rupees (around £300) in cash.
An investigation later revealed that the runaway bride had been in a romantic relationship with the priest for two years.