"One daughter lay dead in one room and the wedding of another daughter was being solemnized in the other room. We have never witnessed such mixed emotions," the bride's uncle said
A bride's wedding day is special for her and her family but for Nisha, the day was one of horror and sorrow. Her sister Surbhi was initially supposed to marry the groom Manjesh Kumar but she dropped dead at her own wedding leaving her sister to marry the groom as the ceremony carried on as normal, reported Mirror UK.
The incident happened in Etawah City, Uttar Pradesh, India where the bride, Surbhi, died from a heart attack at the ceremony. According to the Indo-Asian News Service (IANS), a doctor was called immediately but she had already passed away. She apparently collapsed while exchanging garlands as part of Hindu wedding rituals. It was later determined that she had a 'massive cardiac arrest' that happened right in the middle of the wedding ceremony, reported Mirror.
Both the families of bride and groom sat together to decide what should be done next which is when a member suggested that the wedding should continue but with the younger sister as the bride. “We did not know what to do in the situation. Both the families sat together and someone suggested that my younger sister Nisha should be married to the groom," the bride's brother reportedly said. Surbhi's body was apparently kept in a separate room while the ceremony took place and she was later cremated, reported Mirror.
One of the Bride's uncles, Ajab Singh, spoke to Mail Online and explained that it was a 'tough call' but one that had to be done. "One daughter lay dead in one room and the wedding of another daughter was being solemnized in the other room. We have never witnessed such mixed emotions. The grief over her death and the happiness of the wedding has yet to sink in," he said, reported Mirror.
This is infact the second instance of a last-minute wedding substitute being used to proceed with a wedding in Uttar Pradesh this month. Business Insider reported that a bride was married off to a member of the groom's wedding party after her husband-to-be ran away mid ceremony. The bride's family apparently selected one of the boys from the array of groomsmen and agreed on the match to keep their honor.