Groom skips marriage, Odisha woman in bridal attire in protest for 2 days

The woman said she would continue the dharna until the issue was resolved (representative photo)

Berhampur, Odisha:

A 25-year-old woman sat down to protest in her bridal attire for the second day in a row Tuesday outside her husband’s house in Bramha Nagar in Berhampur in Odisha after the man failed to show up at their wedding, a the police announced.

The wedding was due to take place on Monday.

Police blocked Article 107 Cr PC to keep the peace in the region and Executive Magistrate Berhampur issued him a summons to appear in court at 4.30 p.m. But the woman did not do so until 6 p.m. when the reports last arrived, sources said.

The bride, who is the daughter of a retired police officer, said she, family members and guests waited for the groom at the wedding venue on Monday. As he did not show up, she and others tried to enter his home in Bramha Nagar. But her parents kept the door tightly closed. The woman accompanied by a social activist, Pramila Tripathy, then sat on the dharana.

The woman said that she would continue the dharna until the problem was resolved.

She claimed their marriage was registered in city court on September 7, 2020 without the knowledge of the groom’s parents.

“I was here to advise her and try to resolve the problem,” Ms. Tripathy said.

The woman claimed the marriage was registered in a court in Bhubaneswar on September 7, 2020 without the knowledge of the groom’s parents. The groom, a doctor by profession, had tried to convince his parents but they refused to accept him.

She alleged that her in-laws tortured her and that she filed an FIR at the Mahila police station here.

The date for the celebration of the marriage according to Hindu rituals was set for Monday after the two families met and discussed the situation, but the groom did not show up, she said.

Police said the woman’s complaint was pending at Mahila police station.

“As the case is in court, we will act as directed by the court,” said a police officer.

Baidyanathpur Police Station inspector Ram Kumar Murmu said force personnel had been deployed to the dharna site. He stated that article 107 Cr PC (security for the maintenance of peace) was imposed on instruction of the executive magistrate.

Neither the groom nor his family members could be contacted for their comments as they were keeping the door to the house securely closed.

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