A woman fainted and passed away at the start of her wedding ceremony in India, so the groom got married her younger sister instead.

News18 citing the Indo-Asian News Service (IANS), reported that the bride—called Surbhi—suffered a heart attack while exchanging customary flowers with her soon-to-be spouse Mangesh Kumar at the outset of their wedding on May 27. 

A doctor in Uttar Pradesh’s Samspura village certified her death, according to the report.

“We did not know what to do in the situation. Both the families sat together and someone suggested that my younger sister Nisha should be married to the groom,” the bride’s brother, Saurabh said.

He claimed that the two families had addressed the situation and that they had come to an agreement. The family promptly held final rituals for the deceased bride-to-be following the excitement of the ceremony.

“One daughter was lying dead in one room and the wedding of another was going on in another room. We have never experienced such mixed emotions,” Ajab Singh, the dead bride’s uncle, told IANS.

This is not the first occasion in India this year when wedding celebrations have turned into tragedy.

In March, celebrations in Odisha’s Sonepur district turned to grief when a newlywed bride ended up dead after having a major heart attack amid her ‘bidaai’ ceremony.

Doctors at the Dunguripallu Community Health Centre (CHC) confirmed the bride, Gupteswari Sahoo (Rosy) of Julunda village in the Binika block of the district, was dead before admission.

Rosy, who had been weeping all morning excessively, unexpectedly fainted and fell on the ground as the family members prepared for the ‘bidaai’ ceremony, which means the bride leaves her father’s house for an in-law’s one.

She was carried to the Dunguripallu CHC after that, but the doctors proclaimed her dead as a result of a heart attack.

After getting the notification, the Binika Police hurried to the hospital and had the corpse transported for a post-mortem.

“This is a very unfortunate incident. May God gives strength to the bereaved families of the couple to bear the massive tragedy”, said villager Ramesh Sahu.

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