Cassian Baliarsingh

In a heartwarming incident, a man in Odisha married his sister-in-law and promised to be by her side forever after the latter's husband succumbed to Covid-19.

Arun Kumar Barik, a native of Ragadi village under Banki police limits in Cuttack district, tied the nuptial knot with his sister-in-law Lily in order to support her and her five-year-old son with the permission of his family members. His noble act is receiving applause from all quarters.

According to sources, Arun's elder brother Bijay had married Lily seven years back as per Vedic rituals. The couple has a five-year-old boy.

Unfortunately, Bijay passed away due to Covid-19 during the pandemic two years back. Since then Lily along with her son used to stay with her in-laws.

The family members tried to convince Lily for a second marriage. Sensing his sister-in-law’s plight, Arun came forward to hold her hands forever.

His family members also accepted the proposal and were more than happy for the union of the couple.

“My brother passed away due to Covid-19. Since then, we were worried for our sister-in-law and nephew. We had decided to remarry her. However, my youngest brother came forward for the noble deed and we are more than happy. This is a message, an inspiring example for society,” said Arun’s eldest brother.

Speaking about the marriage, the groom, Arun said, “My sister-in-law and nephew needed a partner after my brother’s death. I could see through their plight. So, with the permission of my family members, I decided to marry my sister-in-law and be with her through the ups and downs in life.”

(Reported by Sanjib Kumar Nayak, OTV)