A bride in India died during her wedding so her husband-to-be married her younger sister instead, it has been claimed.
The body of a woman named Surabhi lay in a room next door as the marriage took place in Uttar Pradesh, it is understood.
The new agreement was come to after she suffered a cardiac arrest and fell unconscious beside groom Manjesh Kumar as they exchanged traditional garlands.
Surabhi’s uncle Ajab Singh told news agency IANS marrying the new couple was ‘a tough call’ for his family to make.
He said: ‘One daughter lay dead in one room and the wedding of another daughter was being solemnised in the other room.
‘We have never witnessed such mixed emotions.
‘The grief over her death and the happiness of the wedding have yet to sink in.’
Surabhi’s brother Saurabh added that they ‘did not know what to do in the situation’ at first.
He said: ‘Both the families sat together and someone suggested that my younger sister Nisha should be married to the groom.
‘The families discussed the matter and both agreed.’