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Massive Wedding Fraud Unearthed In UP: Brides Seen Garlanding Themselves


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15 people, including two government officials, have been arrested in Uttar Pradesh for their alleged involvement in a massive wedding fraud.

The scam was unearthed after a video showing brides at a mass wedding event garlanding themselves went viral on social media. Visuals also show some men dressed as grooms hiding their faces.

The community wedding was held on January 25 in the Balia district of Uttar Pradesh.

Officials say about 568 couples got married at the event, however, later it was found that several were paid to pose as brides and grooms.

A local alleged that both men and women were paid between ₹ 500 and ₹ 2,000 for posing as brides and grooms. "Some Women had no one. They were wearing the varmala (garland) themselves. We came to know that people are being paid between ₹ 500 to ₹ 2,000," Vimal Kumar Pathak said.

According to the government website, the government provides ₹ 51,000 under this scheme, of which ₹ 35,000 goes to the girl, ₹ 10,000 for purchasing wedding material and ₹ 6,000 for the event.


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