Taunted over dark-skinned bride, groom kills self

The groom committed suicide by consuming a poisonous substance after some women made snide remarks about getting a dark-complexioned bride.

Last Updated: Jun 05, 2012, 16:56 PM IST

Patna: A groom committed suicide in Bihar`s Bhagalpur district after his neighbours taunted him about his bride`s dark complexion, police said Tuesday.

Rajesh Mandal committed suicide by consuming a poisonous substance Monday, a day after his marriage, after some women from his neighbourhood made snide remarks about a fair-complexioned groom getting a dark-complexioned bride, police said.
"He was shocked and angry... he ended his life by consuming poison," a police officer said.

Before dying, he told his elder brother Sanjay that he consumed poison because he was unhappy with the selection of a dark-complexioned bride for him.

"Rajesh was admitted to a hospital in a critical condition where he died Monday," the officer said.

In rural Bihar, fair-complexioned brides are much sought after.