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Indian bride marries wedding guest after husband has fit

AN Indian bride has reportedly swapped her groom for a wedding guest mid-ceremony after her fiancé had an epileptic seizure.

Jugal Kishore, 25, reportedly fell to the ground during the traditional exchange of "varmala" flower garlands in the northern town of Rampur.

His illness was a shock to his wife-to-be, 23-year-old Indira, who was apparently furious that she and her family had not been told of Mr Kishore's epilepsy.

Instead of calling the wedding off, she quickly chose wedding guest Harpal Singh, her sister's brother-in-law, to replace him.

Casually dressed in jeans and a leather jacket, he accepted, theTimes of India reported.

After the swap, the wedding ceremony continued as planned until Mr Kishore returned from hospital.

Shocked at returning to his own wedding to find his fiancée celebrating her marriage to someone else, he and his relatives reportedly pleaded with Indira to reverse her decision.

When diplomacy failed, the family allegedly resorted to violence and entered into a brawl involving plates and cutlery.

Mr Kishore's family later filed a complaint at the local Milak police station but withdrew it after older relatives intervened.

RP Solanki, an official at the station, told the Times of India two wedding guests were briefly arrested.

"Both families have amicably resolved the matter," he added.

"The complaints have been withdrawn. Kishore and his family have now returned in peace to Moradabad."



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