Wedding vows in front of dead dad

  His father had been ailing for the past few months and his only wish was to see his son getting married while he was alive.

Unfortunately, the ailing man breathed his last a fortnight before the marriage. The son, however, kept his promise. The body of his father became a witness to the marriage.

In deference to the wishes of his ailing father, a youth in Uttar Pradesh's Mau district, about 325 kilometres from here, completed his wedding before the body of the father.

According to reports, Bhola, Mahendra’s father, a retired government employee, had met with an accident three years ago and was undergoing treatment. His condition became worse in the last few days.

Last wish

He used to say that his only wish was to see his son getting married. “My soul will rest in peace if I see Mahendra getting married before I die,” he would often say.

The marriage of Mahendra had been fixed for January 20 next and the preparations were on.

Died of heart attack

However, Bhola died following a cardiac arrest on Monday. Mahendra was determined to carry out his father’s wish. He decided that his father’s body will not be cremated until he got married.

He spoke to the girl’s family and requested it to advance the marriage and they also readily agreed when they came to know about the vow.

Mahendra and Sunaina were married on Tuesday. The body of Bhola had been kept close. “Though he was dead, he must have been witness to my marriage. He must have watched everything from the heavens,” said Mahendra.

Bhola’s mortal remains were consigned to flames on Tuesday afternoon after the marriage was over.

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