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Ditched after engagement, Odisha woman squats at in laws’ house

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Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Bhubaneswar, Jun 23:

In a curious case in the Odisha capital, a would-be bride forcibly entered her in-laws’ house in full wedding attire on the scheduled marriage day and demanded to be accepted in the family even though the groom’s family had called off the marriage after betrothal.

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As per sources, the marriage was arranged by the parents of the boy and girl. Engagement was also over. The girl’s family had also paid Rs 60,000 to the groom’s family towards travel expenses for the marriage.

The relationship between the boy, identified as Santosh Samatray from Gangapada village on the Bhubaneswar suburbs and the girl, Sanjukta Jena from Ratanpur village under Delanga police limits, grew closer after their engagement and both used to talk frequently over phone.

The marriage was scheduled for June 10. However, on the eve of the marriage, the couple decided to go for a short private holiday to Puri on June 2 without the knowledge of their parents. It is not clear what transpired at Puri, but after return from the tourist town, the boy surprisingly decided to call off the engagement.

Unwilling to give up, the sulking girl reached the boy’s house in bridal costume on the scheduled marriage day i.e. June 10 and demanded to be accepted as Santosh’s wife. The boy somehow got wind of her impending arrival and fled the house.

The perturbed family members, on the other hand, were left with no choice but to approach the local cops, who got hold of the twitchy bride and dropped her in a short stay home in Jatni.

The incident came to fore after ‘Odisha Nari Sachetan Mancha’ got to know about the incident and lodged a complaint at Jatni police station.

The girl, along with members of the women’s forum and cops approached Santosh’s house yesterday again and sat in a room dressed like a new bride as the family members of Santosh remained silent spectators, perhaps wondering what went wrong on the Puri trip!