On what was supposed to be a joyous occasion for Surbhi and Mangesh Kumar in Uttar Pradesh, India turned bittersweet, after the bride collapsed and died on her wedding day.
As reported by Times of India, wedding rituals for the couple began on May 27. As preparations began, the bride was reported to have complained that she was not feeling well before she collapsed. Reports confirm the bride was seen by a doctor and pronounced dead. The cause of death was determined to be a heart attack. Things took an unexpected turn when the groom requested the wedding continue with the bride’s younger sister, Nisha. According to sources, the nuptials continued after the last rites were given, with the deceased bride in another room at the families’ home per a report by Newsweek.
Arranged marriages are not uncommon in India and in some cases require a bride price or dowry. Because these families spend a great deal of time and energy to vet potential mates, it is natural for that the groom would take one of the family members as his wife. However, to say this was uncomfortable would be putting it lightly. The Times of India reported Surbhi’s brother Saurabh, as saying, “It was a bizarre situation as the wedding of my younger sister was being solemnized while the body of my dead sister was laying in another room.” Bizarre, yes. Uncommon…maybe not so much. Last month in India, during a different wedding ceremony, a bride married a guest at her wedding when her groom went missing after the jaimala, or exchange of garlands, pre-ceremonial ritual. Luckily in this case, if you want to classify it as such, the wedding went on, albeit with another man, and the groom was later found alive and well but fled for reasons that were not disclosed.
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