Man weds two brides in one mandap in Rajasthan



Jaipur: A young man of tribal caste has married two brides at the same time in Chatarpura village of Udaipur district, police said on Monday.

Bhagwati Lal (23) yesterday married the two brides with the consents of their parents, a senior police officer of Jhadol police station told a news agency on telephone.

Coincidentally, both brides are called Rekha, the cop said, adding that the groom was working in a factory near Udaipur.

Bhagwati was in a live-in relation with one of the women, while he recently fell in love with the other one from Nadi village, the officer said quoting villagers.

"We are enquiring whether the girls are minor or major... as per tribal traditions, man used to follow 'nata pratha' (keeping relations with more than one woman) and may marry more than one...A constable has been sent to the village to verify their documents," the officer said on condition of anonymity.

When contacted, Superintendent of Police Harish Prasad Sharma said, "Such a marriage might have occurred there as tribals have tradition marrying more than one woman... We have to ensure that there is no crime".

Udaipur Collector Vikas Sitaram Bhale said, "The Hindu Marriage Act might not be applied in the case of tribal community...I cannot comment right away... Wait for day or two to ascertain the case".

PTI