Tribal girl in Telangana seeks more ‘dowry’, calls off marriage | India News


HYDERABAD: A wedding organised on the outskirts of the city was cancelled by the bride at the last minute, ostensibly because of low dowry. She demanded more than Rs 2 lakh, which was paid by the groom’s family in keeping with the tribe’s custom of “reverse dowry” paid to prospective brides.
The wedding was scheduled for Thursday at Ghatkesar and the bride, who was to travel from her native Aswaraopet village in Bhadradri Kothagudemrefused to take the nuptial vows. The decked-up wedding hall was abuzz and invitees waiting for the ‘muhurat’ were jolted by the bride’s decision.
When the bride did not turn up at the wedding venue, the groom’s family rushed to the hotel, where her family had put up, and sought an explanation. The groom’s family was shocked when they were told the bride sought more dowry.
The groom left the wedding ‘mandap’ and his family rushed to the police. The bride’s family was summoned and the matter was discussed. “The two families sorted it out among themselves and the wedding was called off. No complaint was lodged and no one booked. It turned out the bride was not interested in the marriage, so she tossed up a demand for more dowry and didn’t turn up at the ‘mandap’,” a police officer told TOI.
Police said the bride’s family did receive Rs 2 lakh in dowry from the groom, but since the bride was firm in her decision, the money was returned and both families went their ways.


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