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A bride collapsed and died at the start of her wedding in India — so that the groom married her husband instead after the body was moved to another room, according to reports.
The bride — only identified as Surbhi — collapsed of a heart attack when exchanging traditional garlands with husband-to-be Mangesh Kumar at the start of their service Thursday, based on News18, citing the Indo-Asian News Service (IANS).
She was pronounced dead by a physician who hurried into the festivities in Samspura village in Uttar Pradesh, the report stated.
“We did not know what to do in the circumstance. Both the families sat together and someone suggested that my younger sister Nisha should be married to the groom, ” the womens brother, Saurabh, told IANS.
“The families discussed the matter and both agreed, ” he said.
“It was a bizarre situation as the marriage of my younger sister took place while the dead body of my other sister was lying in another area,” he said, according to the Times of India.
Following the joy of the wedding, the family held last rites for the dead bride-to-be, the report stated.
“It was a difficult decision for our loved ones, ” one of the womens uncles, Ajab Singh, told IANS.
“One daughter was lying dead in 1 room and the wedding of another was going on in another room. We have never experienced such mixed emotions, ” he said.
“The grief over her death and the joy of the wedding has yet to sink . “