A bride in India reportedly cancelled her wedding after realizing that her fiancé was bald.
According to India Today, the groom fainted on his way to the mandap, or altar, during the wedding ceremony in Unnao, Uttar Pradesh, India. According to the outlet, his wig fell off when he fell, showing his bald head.
On the Indian subcontinent, arranged marriages are still common, with The Times of India reporting that roughly 85 percent of people choose a marriage planned by family members or matchmakers.
However, in this situation, neither the bride nor her family were aware that the groom was bald, according to reports. The bride was so upset that she called the wedding off in the middle of the ceremony.
The bride’s family pleaded with her to rethink, but she refused. As a result, the matter was reported to the police, and a panchayat meeting was subsequently convened.
According to Britannica, a panchayat is “the most important adjudicating and licensing agency in the self-government of an Indian caste.” A panchayat is a group of five or more people who operate as a “court of law.”
According to Britannica, “cases are heard in open sessions in which all members of the caste group implicated are entitled to participate.” “Breach of eating, drinking, or smoking limits; infractions of marriage laws; breaches of a caste’s feast customs; breaches of its trading rules,” and so on are examples of offences adjudicated in panchayat sessions.