Vinod Kumar attended a friend's wedding and it turned into a nightmare. The 29-year-old Indian man was kidnapped at gunpoint and forced into a marriage with a woman he had never met. Kumar is seen on a video sobbing as he is forced to participate in the wedding.
We are only performing your wedding, not hanging you.
As shocking as this story seems, kidnapping men and forcing them into marriage is not as uncommon as one would think. In poor areas like western Bihar and eastern Uttar Pradesh, families cannot afford dowries.
These marriages, known as pakadua vivah, are often not annulled and the brides may also suffer while forced to live with a family and angry husband who resent their presence.
The video outraged people:
"Vinod Kumar, dressed as a groom, being thrashed and forced to perform wedding rituals in Patna's Pandarak area. As he begs to be released and continues to cry for help, a group of women, allegedly from the woman's family, try to convince him to cooperate."— Heraa Hashmi (@caveheraa) January 5, 2018
They were angry for both the man and the woman:
Here too I think the girl is helpless.... It's the men of her family are the culprits— Dr. Neetha Mahadev (@neethamahadev) January 5, 2018
yes, crying for the helplessness and uncertainty she is getting into for the entire life. Only saving grace is she has huge protection under the Indian Constitution, just that in India under such conditions its already too late when the law gets involved.— Raghavendra S (@ragh_twt) January 5, 2018