Man calls off wedding over gold bracelet
A man from Mumbai, India, was arrested after he called off his wedding over a 46-gram gold bracelet that the bride's family failed to give him. Mumbai police booked the man, his brother, and mother under the Dowry Prohibition Act, 1961, for seeking dowry which is a punishable offence.
The father of the 29-year-old woman stated in his complaint with the police that the families had met after the match had been fixed by a friend at Star Mall in Dadar on November 25, 2017. The families then finalised the engagement and the man's family demanded four gold rings, five silver utensils, and asked them to bear the wedding expenses. All the demands were met by the girl's family and the couple got engaged on January 27, Mid-day quoted in an Indian Express report.
The bride said that at the time that the man cancelled the wedding, the date had already been fixed for April 28, invitation cards had been sent and a banquet hall had been booked.
"On March 17, when the man and I went to collect the invitation card from the printer, he indirectly asked me about the dowry. He claimed to have discussed the matter with my daughter earlier. He then started asking for a 46-gram bracelet, instead of an 11-gram one," the girl's father said.
The police conveyed that the man called up the girl's father and demanded a 46-gram bracelet and even threatened to call off the wedding. "I told him that I won't be able to give a 46-gram gold bracelet to which he said that he will have to discuss the issue with his mother. Later that day, I received a call from his brother, who said that I should fulfil the groom's demands," said the complainant. He added that the bride-to-be even called the man and tried to convince him, but he refused to agree. The family filed a police complaint after the man stopped answering her calls. Police said the accused have applied for anticipatory bail.