AN engineer, who cried and protested throughout his shotgun marriage, has said a pistol was pointed at him while he was forced to perform the wedding rituals. Vinod Kumar, 29, said the Bihar police in Patna didn’t help to stop the forced marriage but aided it.
A video of his shotgun marriage went viral and it was picked by NDTV and reported in the mainstream newspapers in India.
It showed the junior manager at Bokaro Steel Plant, dressed as a groom, being thrashed and forced to perform wedding rituals in Patna's Pandarak area.
He was seen begging for his release and crying for help, but the woman's family continued to convince him to cooperate.
The reluctant groom said he was locked in a room and told he was going to marry the woman. “Surender Yadav, the woman's brother, thrashed me and threatened to kill me if I didn't marry his sister. They dragged me to the mandap, and put a gun to my head. I felt so helpless. There was nothing I could do. I kept crying but they weren't bothered," Kumar told NDTV.
Pandarak police’s Prabhakar Vishwakarma has denied the allegations. "We asked the boy's family to lodge an abduction case at Mokama because the alleged abduction took place there," he was quoted as saying by The New Indian Express.