- Woman arrived with a group of men to wedding in Bundelkhand
- She said groom was her boyfriend, pulled out a gun, left with him
- Locals say the groom may have secretly married her earlier
The 25-year-old woman was accompanied by about two young men, who abducted the groom from the mandap or altar and drove away with their hostage late on Tuesday night in Bundelkhand in Uttar Pradesh.
Locals say that Ashok Yadav, the groom who is still missing, met his captor a few months ago at work. They fell in love - some allege they are secretly married - but under pressure from his family, he agreed to marry a young woman of their choice.
As the Mahindra Scorpio pulled away, the bride, Bharti Yadav, inconsolable, cursed her luck and said she would not wish a similar punishment on even enemies.
Stunned guests listened in as the groom's father, Ramhet Yadav, said, "There was definitely something suspicious about my son. When I tried to visit him in the town where he worked, he would not invite me to his home. Instead, we would meet at a temple and feed me at a food stall near there and then send me home."
The bride's family has registered a case of kidnapping for the groom. While police officials have promised justice, privately, more than one cop expressed admiration for the "Revolver Rani". "What she did shows that there are some women who can teach laundon (young boys) that they will be punished for betrayal," said one, asking not to be named.