Odisha bride sat on dharna when the groom did not attend the wedding

Berhampur (Odisha), November 24

A 25-year-old woman was sitting on a dharna at the bride’s groom in front of her groom’s house in Bramha Nagar here on Tuesday for the second consecutive day when he did not come for his wedding, police said.

The wedding was to take place on Monday.

Police has invoked Section 107 of CrPC in the area to maintain peace in the area and Executive Magistrate, Berhampur has issued summons to him to appear in his court at 4.30 pm. But the woman did not do so till 6 pm, when the last report came.

The bride, who is the daughter of a retired police officer, said that she, her family members and invitees waited for the groom at the wedding venue on Monday. When he did not come, he along with others tried to enter his house in Bramha Nagar. But his parents kept the door firmly closed. The woman sat on a dharna along with social worker Pramila Tripathi.

The woman said that she would continue the dharna till the matter is resolved.

She claimed that their marriage was registered in a city court on September 7, 2020, without the knowledge of the groom’s parents.

“I had come here to counsel him and try to resolve the matter,” Tripathi said.

The woman claimed that the marriage was registered in a Bhubaneswar court on September 7, 2020, without the knowledge of the groom’s parents. A doctor by profession, the groom tried to convince his parents but they refused to accept him.

She alleged that she was harassed by her in-laws and lodged an FIR at the Mahila police station here.

He said the wedding date was fixed on Monday as per Hindu customs after both the families met and discussed the situation, but the groom did not come.

Police said that the complaint of the woman is pending in the Mahila Thana.

“As the matter is in court, we will take action as per the direction of the court,” said a police officer.

Inspector Ram Kumar Murmu, in-charge of Baidyanathpur police station, said that force personnel have been deployed at the protest site. He said that Section 107 CrPC (Security to maintain peace) has been imposed on the directions of the Executive Magistrate.

Neither the groom nor his family members could be contacted for their comments as they kept the door of the house tightly closed. PTI