By Rashim Nabanja
Indian officials have opened up an investigation after a groom lost his life, and 100 of the 300 guests that attended his wedding ceremony testing positive for COVID19.
According to The New York Times, the groom who happened to be a software engineer living near New Dehli returned to his home state in the city of Patna, northern state of Bihar to prepare for his wedding ceremony.
A few days towards the event that happened in the middle of last month, the groom started to vomit and complained of a headache. According to one of his relatives, the groom’s family took him to a hospital in Patna, but his parents insisted that the wedding had to take place.
The groom was not tasted for corona virus but days after the ceremony, Sri Kumar Ravi, the magistrate in Patna says he received an anonymous call informing him that the groom had passed on, possibly due to covid19 and his parents had cremated the body.
The groom’s father was however quoted by an Indian news outlet denying his son ever being sick before the wedding but his family and him(the father) had tested positive for the virus.
The bride, on the other hand, tested negative but more than 100 of their guests are infected with the virus.
Mr Ravi described the situation as ‘forcing your guests into mass suicide’, noting that there was evidence to suggest the groom knew he was sick before the ceremony but proceeded with the wedding without informing most of his guests.
Identities of both the deceased and the bride have not been disclosed. On Thursday, after the sub-divisional magistrate of the area presented his report, authorities were instructed to lodge a case against the groom’s father.
India is still in a struggle to limit the virus with more than one million confirmed cases and around 18000 deaths so far.
It is important that we follow the guidelines of the Ministry of Health and the Government to have scientific weddings and combat the spread of the virus to our loved ones.