Updated: Feb 5, 2018, 19:32 IST
PATNA: It may be a cultural shock for many, but more than 3,400 youths were kidnapped for forced marriage, locally known as ‘pakadua vivah’ in the state last year, official data revealed.
“Pakadua vivah is rampant in Bihar. About 3,405 youths have been kidnapped for forced marriage in the state. In most of the cases, marriages were solemnised at gunpoint or threats to their life and families,” a police officer said on Sunday.
Last month, the ‘pakadua vivah’ of an engineer in a village in Patna hit the national headlines when he refused to keep his newlywed wife after he was abducted and forced to marry at gunpoint.
According to the data, about 3,070 youths were kidnapped for ‘pakadua vivah’ in the state in 2016, 3,000 in 2015 and 2,526 in 2014. “In all such cases, either the youths and their parents have been forced at gunpoint,” said a police officer.