Marry her or die: Man forced to marry stranger at gunpoint

Vinod Kumar

A groom cried and begged to be released after he was allegedly abducted and forced to marry a stranger at gunpoint.

Distraught Vinod Kumar claims he was made to marry an unnamed woman in the poverty-stricken Indian state of Bihar.

Video shows how the 29-year-old's new in-laws ignored his sobbing pleas and asked him: "Are you being hanged? We are only solemnising your wedding.

"Why are you worried? Which mountain is being placed on your head?"

Kumar is reportedly an engineer from the neighbouring state of Jharkhand, where he works in a steel plant.

He is thought to have become a victim of "pakdua shadi", where families abduct men to marry their daughters when they cannot afford a dowry.

Parents are said to be desperate to find partners for their daughters because of the local area's skewed gender ratio, meaning there are not enough men to go around.

After the forced wedding he contacted Indian media.

He told journalists that he had agreed to meet a man he thought was a friend while he was nearby to attend a wedding as a guest.

He says the friend, named as Surendra Yadav, now his unwanted brother-in-law, had joined with other men to kidnap him at gunpoint.

Kumar said: "We were taken hostage after reaching Gopkita and Surendra and his family members thrashed us.

"One of his family members pointed a pistol and ordered me to marry the girl.

"After my forced marriage, the girl's family members kept me inside a room a whole night. Next day, I contacted my brother, who reached the village and contacted the police."

But his brother, Awadhesh, told Indian media that the police were little help.

He said: "Vinod was forced to marry the girl at her house at gunpoint. He was abducted by her brother in a Scorpio car the previous night. Police are not helping us.

"He was forced to marry Yadav's sister even as men holding guns stood watching and issued threats."

Vinod said that officers asked the families to sort out the situation themselves.

Superintendent Lalan Mohan Prasad denied this and said: "I am looking into the matter and action will be taken against the accused persons."

Vinod Kumar's current whereabouts were reported.

Indian police view the abduction of men for "pakdua shadi" as a "social ill" rather than a crime and therefore not a police matter, local media reported.


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