"Today, my family has suffered humiliation."
An Indian girl was due to get married but her wedding did not go ahead after the groom did not turn up. His absence came after her family paid Rs. 8 Lakh (£8,600) in dowry.
The incident happened in Khutahan, Uttar Pradesh.
The young woman and her family told police that the groom said that the wedding would not go ahead if the dowry demand was not met.
However, despite paying the full amount, he and his family still did not turn up at the ceremony.
After hearing the family’s statement, a police case was registered against the groom and his family.
According to the police, Ramlochan Singh arranged for his daughter Nidhi Singh to get married to a man named Rohit Singh.
The marriage was set and the pre-wedding festivities took place on November 15, 2019. The wedding was set to take place on November 19, 2019.
But a day before the scheduled wedding, the groom’s family demanded a cash dowry of Rs. 8 Lakh.
The Indian girl’s family asked to pay Rs. 3 Lakh (£3,200) but Rohit’s family refused. They said that the Rs. 8 Lakh dowry request had to be paid in full otherwise the wedding would not take place.
Ramlochan and his family later paid the full amount.
However, on the day of the wedding, the groom and his family did not turn up at the venue.
Nidhi and her parents called Rohit, demanding an explanation but he refused to give one. He simply told them that the procession would not arrive on time before putting the phone down.
Rohit’s response led to Nidhi taking desperate measures. The young woman and her family approached the police and told them about paying the dowry, which ended up in a no-show from the groom and his family.
Nidhi explained that the dowry issue has ruined her father’s wish to see his daughter married.
She added: “Today, my family has suffered humiliation.
“The whole family is in a bad state.”
Ajay Kumar, Circle Officer at Shahganj Police Station, stated that a case has been registered on the basis of the young woman’s statement.
He said that a case was registered against the groom and his family. An investigation is underway.
Even though the dowry demands were met, the wedding did not take place. In some instances, a groom has walked out of the ceremony after the demands were not met.
In one case, when the dowry demands were not fulfilled, a groom in Punjab verbally insulted his bride-to-be’s family before walking out with his family.
Police were informed and an investigation was launched.