Rajendra Prasad Mohapatra

In a bizarre turn of events, the family members of a girl from Chandiput village under Mohana block in Gajapati district performed her post-death rituals on Tuesday for marrying a person against their will.

As per reports, Chandini, daughter of Sahadev Sahoo, had eloped from her home late at night. The family members searched Chandini at many places, but in vain.

However, they came to know from viral photos on the next day that, Chandini had got married to a boy from their village who belongs to another caste.

Irate over the development, the family members felt insulted and declared Chandini publicly dead. Later on the 11th day of the marriage, they called their friends and relatives and performed the post-death rituals of the girl.

Moreover, they have also filed a missing report at the police station.

“We faced a lot of hardship to raise our daughter and provide her proper education. Her marriage was fixed and her engagement was on September 12. However, she married a person outside our caste against the will of the family members. It’s an insult to us and our caste. She is no more for us. We have performed her last rites,” said Chandini’s father Sahadev Sahoo.

“If they love each other, then it’s good that they have got married. Let them live happily. I don’t want to say anything on the matter,” said Jeet Nayak, elder brother of Chandini’s husband.

A couple of days earlier, in a similar incident, angry parents had performed the last rites of their daughter for marrying someone she was in love with at Aul’s Nuabazaar area in Kendrapara district.