Tuesday, May 01, 2007

Groom's Drunk?

Then marry the brother, why not?

Villagers at a wedding in eastern India decided the groom had arrived too drunk to get married, and so the bride married the groom's more sober brother instead, police said Monday.

"The groom was drunk and had reportedly misbehaved with guests when the bride's family and local villagers chased him away," Madho Singh, a senior police officer told Reuters after Sunday's marriage in a village in Bihar state's Arwal district.

The younger brother readily agreed to take the groom's place beside the teenage bride at her family's invitation, witnesses said.

This will of course sound absurd to western types, with our ideas about romantic love being the precursor to a marriage. However such arranged marriages seem to turn out just as well as any other king, the romantic and love part coming from living together, rather than it being the necessary justification before it happens.