"when he returned, he came back with a wife."
An Indian man went out to buy groceries, however, he ended up returning with a bride.
The strange incident happened in the city of Ghaziabad, Uttar Pradesh.
Twenty-six-year-old Guddu was told by his mother to buy food amid the ongoing lockdown. She was shocked when he came back with a woman named Savita, whom he said was his wife.
The unnamed woman was stunned by her son’s revelation. She refused to let them into her house and contacted the police.
Officers arrived at the scene but were unsure about how to handle the situation given that they have been focused on enforcing the lockdown guidelines.
The mother said that the shock prevented her from accepting their marriage.
She said: “He told me he was going out to do grocery shopping, but when he returned, he came back with a wife. I am not ready to accept this marriage.”
Despite the woman explaining her reason for not approving of the marriage, police officer Rakesh Kumar Mishra said Guddu’s family were against the marriage due to the bride belonging to another caste.
It was revealed that Guddu and Savita had a secret wedding several months ago. Following their marriage, Savita lived alone in a rented apartment in Delhi.
Guddu planned to tell his mother about the wedding but he claimed that the lockdown ruined his plans.
He explained: “I got married to Savita two months ago at an Arya Samaj Mandir in Haridwar.
“However, we could not get the marriage certificate at that time due to lack of witnesses.
“I had decided to visit Haridwar again for my marriage certificate but could not do so as the lockdown was imposed.”
Guddu went on to say that he brought Savita to his home as her landlord told her to evict the property due to lockdown.
He said: “After returning from Haridwar, Savita stayed at a rented accommodation in Delhi.
“However, today I decided to bring her to my mother’s house as she was told to leave the rented accommodation due to lockdown.”
Guddu added that the priest would help the couple obtain their marriage certificate once the lockdown has been lifted.
Despite the Indian man pleading with his mother to let them stay at her house, she refused.
Police intervened and asked Savita’s landlord to let the newlyweds stay in the rented house during the lockdown period.