A bride in India reportedly called off her wedding when she found out that her groom was bald.
According to India Today, the wedding ceremony was underway when the groom fainted on his way to the altar. When he fell his wig fell off, revealing that he was bald. Now, arranged marriages are still common on the Indian subcontinent, and The Times of India reported in March that around 85% of people in the country opt for a marriage arranged by family members or matchmakers. However, in this case, neither the bride nor her family knew the groom was bald, News 18 reported. Upset, the bride called off the wedding mid-ceremony. The bride's family begged her to reconsider; however, she maintained her refusal, said India Today. As a result, the matter was taken to the police, and eventually, a panchayat meeting was called. What is a panchayat? Britannica explained that a panchayat is "the most important adjudicating and licensing agency in the self-government of an Indian caste." Consisting of five or more members, the panchayat "sits as a court of law." During the panchayat meeting, the bride and groom's respective families agreed to call off the wedding between their children, said India Today. Additionally, the groom's family was forced to cover the costs of the wedding.