In an unexpected turn of events, a man in Uttar Pradesh, India, married his bride’s younger sister after his bride collapsed and died of heart attack at the altar.
The Times of India reports the incident happened on Thursday night as Mangesh Kumar performed his nuptials with his bride-to-be Surbhi.
According to the outlet, Surbhi complained of “uneasiness,” and then collapsed during the wedding. The family quickly rushed her to a medical facility, but sadly, she was pronounced dead on arrival.
Following her sudden death in the presence of family and wedding guests, the families laid her body in the room next door as her groom worked on his backup plan.
According to Newshub, the family brought the deceased bride’s body back to their home prior to cremation, per local tradition. But the bride’s untimely death wouldn’t stop the wedding festivities from taking place.
Eyewitnesses say that the groom, Manjesh Kumar was in the middle of exchanging vows with the bride, Surabhi, when she died in front of him.
Doctors rushed to her side but despite their best efforts, she was pronounced dead of cardiac arrest moments later, local media reports.
However, Surabhi’s uncle Ajab Singh told news agency IANS that the families made the decision to have Kumar wed her younger sister, Nisha, instead, which he claims was a “tough call” for them.
He said: “One daughter lay dead in one room and the wedding of another daughter was being solemnised in the other room. We have never witnessed such mixed emotions.
“The grief over her death and the happiness of the wedding have yet to sink in.”
Surabhi’s brother, Saurabh, added that they did not know what to do in the situation at first.
He said: “Both the families sat together and someone suggested that my younger sister Nisha should be married to the groom. The families discussed the matter and both agreed.”
The story has since gone viral on social media, with an image of sisters Surabhi and Nisha on the day of the wedding emerging.
News of the wedding has been viewed more than 260 million times on Weibo.