Wednesday, 17 January 2018

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Man Forced To Marry A Woman He Never Met At Gunpoint

29-year-old Vinod Kumar, in India, has claimed he was kidnapped, threatened and forced to marry a woman against his own will.

According to Authorities in India’s eastern Bihar State, "we are looking into the kidnapping of Vinod Kumar whose family said he was taken when he went to attend a friend’s wedding and was forced to marry a girl at gunpoint."

Kumar’s family said they do not know the bride’s family.

The five-minute video clip, which has more than 65,000 views, shows a sobbing Kumar being pushed around and forced into participating in the marriage rituals.

The local station reported that a person can be overheard saying, “We are only performing your wedding, not hanging you.”

A Senior Police official, Manu Maharaj told Journalists on Friday, January 5, 2018, that “we are looking into a complaint by Vinod Kumar’s family and will take action once investigations are over”.

Kumar, who is an engineer, was quoted by local media saying one of the bride’s family members pointed a gun at him after the two had met at a mutual friend’s wedding and ordered him to marry her.

The groom’s brother, Sanjay Kumar, filed a complaint on December 3 when Kumar did not return home from his friend’s wedding.

Sanjay Kumar said he received a strange phone call from an unknown number telling him about his brother’s forced marriage, also known as pakadua vivah. He immediately contacted the Police after the phone call.

Vinod Kumar was eventually freed from the village in Bihar’s Mokama district, where he was kept after the forced marriage, police said.

Reportedly over 3,000 grooms abducted in 2016 who were forced to tie the knot at gunpoint, according to a report from India on Monday, January 8, 2018.

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