Patna: A woman in Buxar, Bihar, refused to marry a dark-complexioned groom, saying he was not ‘smart’ enough for her.
Anjani Chouhan, the groom, was shocked after his would-be-bride refused to marry him at the mandap in Ramrekha Ghat, Buxar town, about 125 km from Patna, IANS reported.
“After Anjani was informed that woman had refused to marry him, he requested elders to persuade her not to do so as it is a matter of honour and dignity in society. However, the girl insisted that she would not marry a dark complexioned man,” a district police official said.
Police said the bride was happy during the rituals but suddenly told her family members and friends that she will not marry Anjani because of his dark complexion. Two members of the groom’s family approached the police for help.
“We told them that police cannot do anything if the girl has refused to marry,” an official said. The upset groom had to return empty-handed along with the marriage party.
It is the second such case in Bihar within two weeks. In a similar case in the last week of April, a woman refused to marry a dark-complexioned groom in Samastipur district.
Over half a dozen cases of brides refusing to marry “unsuitable” grooms, on grounds they were illiterate, drunk, deaf or unemployed, have been reported over the past one month.
“Times seem to have changed for women as several schemes have been launched for their empowerment by the state and central governments,” said an elderly villager, who was to attend the marriage ceremony.
Several such cases across the state go unreported. In rural Bihar, hundreds of weddings take place in the traditionally auspicious marriage season known as “Lagan”, which is in progress now.