A man was reportedly kidnapped and forced to marry a woman at
gunpoint in India.
Video clips circulating online show a man identified as
29-year-old Vinod Kumar appearing to be forced to perform
wedding rituals in the Indian state of Bihar.
According to the Daily Mail,
Kumar, a steel engineer, was abducted while attending
his friend’s wedding. During the ceremony, a group of men
reportedly seized Kumar and hauled him away before
pointing a gun at his head shortly after.
In the video, relatives could be heard saying: “We are only
performing your wedding, not hanging you. Why are you crying
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Kumar reportedly said earlier in the video that he was not
cooperating because did not have his parents’ consent. Seconds
later, a gun was held to his head.
Kumar is quoted as saying: “They (the girl’s family) befriended
me during the wedding and asked me to step out. They kidnapped
me and took me to a home where I was forced to put vermillion
in the hair of a girl. I had never seen her and I don’t know
who she is.”
Forcible marriage, a ritual known as “Pakudua Vivah,” is
reportedly common in Bihar, according to Gulf News. It
usually is carried out by families reportedly looking for
suitable grooms but unable to afford heavy dowry costs.
Local police have reportedly launched a probe into the
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