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Man Forced To Marry Stranger At Gunpoint

A man in India was kidnapped and forced to marry a woman he’d never met at gunpoint.

Vinod Kumar, 29, was kidnapped in the northern provinces of Bihar, India while attending a friend’s wedding. Someone at the wedding pulled a pistol on Vinod, who is an engineer by trade, and forced him to go to a local village where he was wed to a woman he’d never met before.

The entire experience was recorded and posted on YouTube. In the video, you can see Vinod crying while the wedding rituals are performed. According to NDTV, one of the men in the video can be heard saying, “We are only performing your wedding, not hanging you.”

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Although forced marriages are illegal in India, they’re not entirely uncommon in the province Bihar and neighboring eastern Uttar Pradesh. Called pakadua vivah (which translates to “forced marriage”), they’re typically performed by poorer families who cannot afford a traditional dowry.

According to The India Times, 2016 had a reported 3000 abducted grooms and forced marriages.

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“We are looking into a complaint by Vinod Kumar’s family and will take action once investigations are over,” police official Manu Maharaj told NDTV.

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According to police, Vinod was kidnapped at gunpoint while attending a mutual friend’s wedding in Bihar. He was taken to a village in the Moakama district where was further threatened into marrying a young woman from the kidnapper’s family.

Brother Sanjay Kumar filed a police report after Vinod didn’t come home from the friend’s wedding. Sanjay then received a phone call from the bride’s family informing him of Vinod’s capture and the forced marriage.

Vinod was eventually freed after the marriage and returned home.

Abducted grooms aren’t the only marital problems in India. According to the website girlsnotbrides.org, 18% of all brides in 2016 were age 15 or younger, with 47% of brides being 18 or younger.

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