Groom’s parents, who are of modest means, had taken loans from their relatives to arrange a arty for the guests
Patna: A newly wed woman in India’s Bihar state fled her in-laws’ home with valuables, cash and ornaments she had received as wedding gifts, hours after her marriage was solemnised.
The incident, which has left even police officers stunned, took place in Bhabua town, some 200 kilometres south-west of Patna, early this week.
It was reported to police on Friday after the victim’s family failed to trace the absconding bride on their own.
Police said the wedding of Pankaj Kumar to Sangeeta Kumari, who grew up as an orphan living with her relatives, was solemnised at a temple on Monday afternoon.
The bride reached her in-laws’ home in the evening, after the wedding.
The groom’s family had planned to throw a grand wedding reception the very next day.
Being of modest means, the groom’s parents had taken loans from their relatives to arrange the party for the guests.
The family, however, received the biggest shock of their life when they found the bride missing from the home the next morning.
Initially, they thought she had gone to attend nature’s call.
After some time, when the bride did not return, they turned anxious and launched an extensive search but failed to locate her.
It was then that they uncovered the fraud.
As per the report, the bride didn’t allow her husband to share the room with her on the first night after the wedding, saying she was menstruating and needed to stay alone.
Her husband didn’t suspect any foul play.
Police have registered a case on the basis of a complaint petition filed by bride’s mother-in-law Sheela Devi, and are investigating.
“Based on the complaint, we have registered a case against the bride and her relatives. Further investigation is underway,” local police official Satyendra Ram told journalists on Saturday.
Sheela Devi was very shocked and shattered at the sudden and quick turn of events.
“I was very happy to welcome my daughter-in-law but she cheated us all. I still can’t believe it,” the woman said.
According to her, she had taken loans to arrange for her son’s wedding and reception but the fraud had robbed her of all joy.