In the midst of her wedding ceremonies, an Indian bride in Bhavnagar passed away from a heart attack at the wedding location in the Subhashnagar region.
This terrible tragedy happened in front of the Bhagwaneshwar Mahadev Temple in Bhavnagar in late February.
Vishal, the son of Ranabhai Butabhai Algotar of the village of Nari, was about to be wed to Hetal, the daughter of a man known only as Jinabhai Rathore.
When the festivities had to come to an end, guests crowded the space while wedding music were playing in the background.
Hetal apparently felt faint during her wedding ceremonies and passed out.
She was taken to a neighbouring hospital where the staff reported that she had passed away from a heart attack.
Even as the family mourned the death of Hetal, relatives proposed an alternative plan to ensure the wedding celebrations continued. They suggested the bride’s younger sister take her place and marry Vishal.
The family agreed to marry her sister to the groom and continued the wedding rituals with her younger sister.
Hetal’s body was reportedly kept in cold storage until the ceremony was over.
Corporator of Bhavnagar city and leader of Maldhari Samaj, Laxmanbhai Rathore described the incident as very sad. He said even though the family was shocked by the death of their daughter, members of society convinced them to set an example and not send the bridegroom and his family empty handed.
This is not the first time a family would give away another daughter after one died during the wedding ceremony. In June 2021, in Etawah, Uttar Pradesh, India, a family gave the younger sister to the groom after the bride collapsed during the wedding ceremony