A BRIDE in India died on her wedding day so her husband-to-be married her younger SISTER instead, reports claim.
The body of the woman, named Surbhi, lay in a room next door as the marriage reportedly took place moments later in Etawah city, Uttar Pradesh.
Surbhi suffered a heart attack at the ceremony 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.”
The last rites of the bride were performed after the marriage.
It is thought the Surbhi’s family would likely have been expecting a dowry.
Her mother, Guddi Devi, made an emotional appeal for the wedding to go ahead, it is reported.
The groom’s uncle Ajab Singh said the marriage ceremony was 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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