Unique events unfolded in Bastar, Chhattisgarh recently when a man married two women together, in the same ceremony, on the same day. In India, where any wedding dynamics outside of the quintessential heterosexual couple are viewed with skepticism, Chandu Maurya seems to have broken all barriers. On January 3, he tied the knot with both Hasina Baghel and Sundari Kashyap, consensually he claims. What was the motivation behind Maurya marrying two women at the same time? “They both loved me. I can’t betray them,” he said.
Chhattisgarh: A man married two women at the same time in Bastar on January 3
"I married both of the women with their consent. The ceremony took place in front of all the villagers," he said. (07.01) pic.twitter.com/gd0SsAM1Lo
— ANI (@ANI) January 8, 2021
Chandu Maurya And An Unusual Love Story
24-year-old Maurya apparently met 21-year-old Kashyap first and decided to marry her. A year later, there came a twist in the plot when he encountered Baghel, 20 years old, and fell in love with her too. How does one unjumble such a sitch? For Maurya, a solution came simply. Both women got to know each other and agreed to a mutual relationship with him and thus, began living with him in the “same house like a family,” he claims.
When his live-in affairs with the two women became the talk of the village, Maurya apparently decided to end the gossip once and for all. He married them both. “Fed-up with the questions, I decided to marry both of them because they both loved me. I can’t betray them. They agreed they both will live with me forever,” he told Hindustan Times.
Reports suggest the ceremony was attended by the villagers of Tikara Lohnga in Bastar. Kashyap’s family, not too enthusiastic about this union, reportedly skipped the wedding. Baghel and Maurya’s families attended.
According to NDTV, this setup of marriage is criminal under the Hindu Marriage Act. However, a case hasn’t been registered against the trio yet.
Other Extraordinary Marriages
In another unusual incident last year, a woman in Bhopal divorced her husband of three years and helped him get married to his girlfriend. According to a report by news agency ANI, the man in question wanted to be married to both women at once. However, his wife took the call of stepping out of the love triangle, so he could go ahead and marry his girlfriend. Read about it here.
Recently, a man from Vadodara, Gujarat approached the city-based family court for divorce, just ten months after his marriage. He sought divorce from his wife, a teacher, on the grounds that she did not disclose about her periods on the day of their wedding. Read more here.
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