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 Bihar 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, Pakadua Vivah was solemnised at gun point or threats to their life and their families,” a police official 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 newly wed wife after he was abducted and forced to marry at gun point.
“In all such cases, either the youths and their parents have been forced at gun point for Pakadua Vivah,” police officials said.
Even the National Crime Records Bureau Report 2015 – which is the most recent official figure available – confirms that Bihar is at the top in the country when it comes to the abduction of above 18-year-old males.
The number of abducted males in Bihar in the 18 to 30 age-group was 1,096 in 2015. The state alone accounted for nearly 17 per cent of the national figure in the category.