Bihar Engineer Forced to Marry At Gunpoint

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Patna: A 29-year-old engineer was reportedly kidnapped and forced to marry a woman at gunpoint in Bihar. The video clips from the wedding show Vinod Kumar, a junior manager at Bokaro Steel Plant, dressed as a groom and being beaten up in Patna’s Pandarak area. He is crying for help as a few women perform marriage rituals.

He is continuously thrashed and forced to apply vermillion to the bride. When he refuses to do so, her relatives are heard saying, “Are you being hanged? We are solemnising your wedding only” and “Why are you worried? Which mountain is being placed on your head?”

Last month, when Vinod did not reach home as planned, his brother Sanjay Kumar got worried and approached the police. He told them about a call from an unknown number informing him about his brother’s marriage.

He told News18, “My brother boarded Hatia-Patna express from Bokaro as he had to attend a wedding function near Patna on December 3. Surendra Yadav, the woman’s brother, persuaded him to come to Mokama. He was abducted there and taken to Pandarak where my brother was forced to marry the woman.” However, the cops refused to help, Sanjay alleged.

Pandarak police station in charge Prabhakar Vishwakarma has denied the allegations. “We asked the boy’s family to lodge an abduction case at Mokama because the alleged abduction took place there,” he was quoted as saying by The New Indian Express.

Then he approached Patna Senior Superintendent of Police Manu Maharaj on whose directions Pandarak police freed Vinod from the village where he was kept after the forced marriage. Ever since the incident, Vinod’s family has been getting threat calls asking him to accept the girl forcing them to seek police protection.

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