A shocking video has emerged showing a 29-year-old engineer, Vinod Kumar from Bihar being forced to marry at gunpoint. The video clip from the wedding shows, a junior engineer at Bokaro Steel Plant is dressed as a groom, being thrashed and forced to perform wedding rituals in Patna’s Pandarak area. A group of women, reportedly from the women’s family tries to convince him to co-operate as he begs to be released and crying for help during the rituals.
When he refuses to apply vermillion to the bride, her relatives are heard saying, “We are only performing your wedding, not hanging you.”
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On December 3, Vinod Kumar had reached Patna to attend a friend’s wedding, but gangster Surendra Yadav called him to Mokama on the pretext of meeting him. Yadav then kidnapped Vinod and took him to Pandarak where he was married to a woman at gunpoint. Local media quoted the engineer as saying one of the bride’s relatives had pointed a pistol at him after they met at a mutual friend’s wedding and ordered him to marry her. His allegations are being investigated by the police.
Last month, when Vinod did not reach home as planned, his brother Sanjay Kumar got worried and approached the police. He told them about a call from an unknown number informing him about his brother’s ‘Pakadua Vivah’ (forced marriage). Meanwhile, Vinod’s brother even filed a written complaint about the incident but no action was taken yet. He even tried to meet Patna SSP Manu Maharaaj thrice but no one helped. And now, after the incident, Vinod’s family has been getting threat calls asking him to accept the girl forcing them to seek police protection.
What is Pakaruah shaadi or forced marriage?
Pakaruah shaadi is an illegal practice followed in Bihar and Uttar Pradesh and is carried out mainly by poor families who cannot afford a dowry. Eligible bachelors are abducted by the bride’s family and forced to marry. This practice came to light in the 1980s. The issue has been highlighted in various ways in popular culture. Antardwand — a movie directed by Sushil Rajpal on the topic — had won the National Film Award for Best Film on Social Issues in 2007 and was formally released three years later.