The wedding was set to take place in Auraiya in the country’s Uttar Pradesh state but was called off at the last minute when it became clear the would-be husband was dependent on glasses to see clearly.
The marriage appears to have been arranged by the families involved, according to The Times of India.
South Asian news agency ANI identified the bride as Archana of Jamalpur village in the Sadar Kotwali area and the groom as Shivam of Banshi village
The report also said the nuptials were carefully arranged and the couple matched with reference to the young man’s educational background and social status.
For the test, they asked Shivam to read a newspaper without wearing his glasses. He, however, couldn’t read as he couldn’t see clearly, forcing the bride’s family to decide unanimously to call the ceremony off as they were unaware of the groom’s weak eyesight until the wedding day.
Shivam arrived as part of a “baraat” – a traditional procession where the groom rides a mare – according to Gulf News.
“When the baraat came to the house on June 20, the groom was wearing spectacles all the time. We asked him to take off his spectacles and read a Hindi newspaper but he could not. My daughter refused to marry him,” said Arjun Singh, the bride’s father.
“I had no idea that the groom’s eyesight was so weak. My daughter, on knowing the fact, decided to call off the marriage,” Singh said.
Following the decision to call off the wedding, the bride’s family demanded the return of the dowry, including the motorcycle and the expenses they incurred in arranging the marriage.
When the groom’s family refused, the bride’s family lodged a complaint with the local police station.
According to Singh, the police attempted to deal with the matter amicably but were unable to do so as the groom’s family didn’t show up to reach an agreement.