0442 GMT December 10, 2022
The mother entered into the wedlock only after she had performed the wedding of her youngest daughter and seen her off with moist eyes, flipboard.com reported.
The bizarre weddings took place in Piprauli block of UP’s Gorakhpur district which shares its eastern border with Bihar. The most unusual weddings were solemnized as part of the “Chief Minister Mass Marriage Scheme” during which a total of 63 pairs tied the nuptial knots following wedding arrangements made by the state government.
Officials said Beli Devi had lost her husband Harihar some 25 years back. She was only 28 when she got permanently separated with her husband yet she refused to marry any for certain reasons including the taboos associated with the widow marriage. Hence the upbringing of her five little children fell on her shoulder. She had three daughters and two sons from her husband.
Finally, she entered into wedlock with her late husband’s younger brother Jagdish in the presence of government officials. Fifty-five-year-old Jagdish was still unmarried and had helped her through thick and thin after her husband died a quarter of a century ago.
“I agreed for marriage only after my children’s consent. They are very happy,” the woman has told the media. “Both my two sons and two daughters are already married. So, with the marriage of my youngest daughter I decided to marry my brother-in-law and begin life afresh,” Beli said, hiding her smile behind her face mask and veil.