Love, often credited for making the world go round, made a girl
here do what most of us would find unthinkable. On hearing that
her would-be husband had met with an accident hours before their
wedding, she rushed to the hospital where he was admitted, garland
in hand, and married the bed-ridden man on the spot, in the
presence of startled patients.
Ajay Kumar and Neelam Kumari, both in their mid-20s, were set to
tie the knot here Wednesday evening. Ajay hails from nearby Pali
district, while Neelam lives in Bhadvasia area of Jodhpur, some
340 km from state capital Jaipur.
"Hours before the marriage was to take place, Ajay met with an
accident while on his way to Jodhpur. He sustained serious
injuries on his legs and hands and had to be admitted to
Mathuradas Mathur Hospital in Jodhpur," Neelam's father Shravan
Kumar Naval told IANS.
The girl's family broke the tragic news to her, and told her that
postponing the marriage was inevitable.
"We told Neelam about it, but she did not agree. She said what if
Ajay could not come to her, she would go wherever he was and marry
him as planned," an astonished father said.
Wiping away her tears, she rushed to the hospital Thursday, with a
priest and her family members in tow, and headed straight for the
patients' ward where Ajay was admitted.
"I performed all the rituals as a father. Everyone started
weeping, even the patients. It was a wonderful marriage," Shravan
"It's unbelievable that such things can happen in real life, and
not just in reel life. I have never seen something like that. It
was a wonderful experience for me," said Avinash Sharma, a patient
in the same ward.
Ajay is pursuing a bachelor of pharmacy degree from a college in
Udaipur. Doctors said he will be discharged in a few days.