A BRIDE in India died during her wedding so her husband-to-be wed her younger sister instead, according to reports.
The body of a woman named Surabhi lay in a room next door as the marriage reportedly took place in Uttar Pradesh.
The last rites of the bride were said toperformed after the marriage.
The bride, named as Surbhi, suffered a heart attack at the ceremony in Etawah city, Uttar Pradesh, after exchanging garlands with husband-to-be Manjesh Kumar as part of Hindu wedding tradition.
A doctor from the local village was called to the scene but was unable to save her.
Surbhi's brother Saurabh said: “It's hard to believe a dead body was in the other room — and a bride was being prepared in the next one.”
Speaking to news agency IANS,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.”
It is thought the bride's family would likely have been expecting a dowry.
The bride's mother, Guddi Devi, made an emotional appeal for the wedding to go ahead.
The groom's uncle Ajab Singh said that the marriage ceremony was being conducted according to Hindu customs.
"Everything was happening quite nicely. She fainted moments before taking sath pehre (seven rounds around the fire)," Ajab stated.
The bride's uncle Mahesh Chandra said:"My daughter was happy on her marriage day. We're doomed.”
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