UTTAR PRADESH - A village panchayat (local council) in Uttar Pradesh in northern India annulled a marriage between a young couple after accusing the bride's mother of refusing to hold a wedding feast for the whole village, Malaysia Nanban reported.
The matter has become a police case but the woman, a poor widow named Majida, is reportedly in a state of shock. She is also contemplating fleeing her Kifayatullah village in Bareilly district.
The marriage had come about after the mother of four visited her brother in Kolkata recently. He had reportedly offered his son, Taslim, to marry the widow's daughter Sabina and Majida had agreed.
The marriage was solemnised in the presence of selected family members. However, when she returned home to Kifayatullah, the panchayat summoned her and accused Majida of selling her daughter.
They gave her the ultimatum of either giving a feast for the entire village or break up the marriage. At her wits' end, Majida asked the couple to go to the village and face the council.
Panchayat chief Ramvati Gangwar said he was away at that time and did not know about the matter, adding he would take action against the council members. The police also said they would take action after verifying the facts of the case.