Indian state issues alert after 12,000 grooms kidnapped for marriage in four years

Indian state issues alert after 12,000 grooms kidnapped for marriage in four years

Patna, India: Authorities in the Indian state of Bihar have issued alert, alarmed at the increasing number of marriage-related kidnappings. The wedding season is to start soon.

An official report, as many as 12,001 grooms were kidnapped for forced marriage, more popular as “Pakadua Vivah”, in Bihar in the past four years.

As per the report, altogether 3,405 grooms were kidnapped for forced marriage in Bihar in 2017.

Similarly, a total of 3,070 youths were kidnapped for marriage in 2016 while in 2015, a total of 3,000 kidnappings took place with that purpose, the report added.

In 2014, the number of youths kidnapped for marriage was 2,526, the report said.

Reports said on an average nine kidnappings are taking place every day for marriage, indicating the gravity of the situation.

Many say such cases of kidnappings are taking place owing to dowry demands by the groom families.

The incident hit the headlines last month again when an engineer employed with a government firm in Jharkhand was abducted and forced to marry at gun point.

The bride family didn’t show any mercy even when the groom went on crying all through the wedding rituals which lasted for hours. The wedding took place in the Mokama region of Patna district.

Mokama is barely about 94 km from Patna, the capital of Bihar state.

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