Mrunal Manmay Dash

A groom from Sundargarh had to return empty-handed from Sambalpur when the bride called off the marriage after the former demanded mutton for baraatis.

The bizarre incident was reported from the bride's house located in Dhama area of Sambalpur district. The groom is a native of Sambalpur.

As per reports, the groom, who is a banker working with a nationalised bank, took out a procession along with baraatis on Sunday and reached the bride's home at Ainthapali in Sambalpur. During the feast, mutton fell short and the last seven to eight baraatis could not be served the same.

Was already late in the night and the bride’s family expressed their helplessness in arranging mutton at that hour. But, the baraati’s demand for mutton soon turned into a major issue. Upset over the behaviour of the baraatis, the bride decided not to go ahead with the marriage.

Speaking about the incident, the bride said, “Everything was in place. Even the mutton was served as well. But it finished before the last six or seven persons could eat. Then they started arguing with my father accusing him of mismanagement.”

“My parents and other family members urged them to keep quiet and tried to pacify them by offering chicken and fish instead, but they were adamant in their demand for mutton and started misbehaving with us,” the bride said.

"My father even bowed down and pleaded before them, but they remained unmoved. It seemed wrong to me and I told them to leave the place without marriage,” she added.

Worthwhile to mention here that a similar incident had hogged the headlines recently in the tribal-dominated Kandhamal district when a bride left the home of her in-laws after her husband demanded a two-wheeler in dowry.

On the other hand, the groom’s side has said the allegations levelled by the bride’s side are completely baseless.

“They have told that arrangements for 200 baaratis were made. We had around 150 persons in the procession and many of them did not have food. When my father informed this to the bride’s uncle, they misbehaved with us. Mutton is not the reason behind the cancellation of marriage,” said the groom.

“They had a discussion till 12 am to 4 am. I requested several times for the marriage but they denied,” said the groom’s father.

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