Bride Walks Out After Groom Gets Math Question Wrong

The question he blew: What's 15 plus 6?
By Jenn Gidman,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 13, 2015 7:24 AM CDT
Updated Mar 15, 2015 11:07 AM CDT
Bride Walks Out After Groom Gets Math Question Wrong
An Indian bride covers her face during the Muslim community mass marriage in Ahmedabad, India, Feb. 22, 2013.   (AP Photo/Ajit Solanki)

Add this to the list of things to have pre-wedding jitters about: the possibility of an impromptu math quiz. The Times of India has the unusual story of a woman from India's Uttar Pradesh state who was supposed to marry on Wednesday. But Mohar Singh's daughter, Lovely, had apparently grown suspicious about her would-be husband's education, and so she decided to put him to the mathematical test on the big day. Her cousins asked Ram Baran what 15 + 6 is, and the flummoxed groom stammered out "17." He was promptly abandoned, just as the marriage was to be deemed official, the Times of India reports. Baran's family attempted to cajole Lovely into going through with what appears to have been an arranged marriage, but it just didn't add up for either her or her family.

"Even a first grader can answer this," her father said, per the AP. The Times reports Mohar Singh accused the groom's family of keeping "us in [the] dark about the youth's qualification. … It was a matter of social prestige as well. We have been cheated." The incident underscores the reality of many arranged marriages in India, where the bride and groom barely get to know each other before the big day, the AP notes. In Ram and Lovely's case, the cops intervened after the bride's family went to police; both families ultimately returned all gifts and jewels that had been presented before the wedding. Something similar happened in India last month when an angry bride married one of her guests after discovering something she hadn't known about her husband-to-be. (More wedding stories.)

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