Bride dies during wedding ceremony only for groom to marry her sister instead

A bride in India died at her wedding but the groom married her younger sister instead, reports claim.

The bride who has been identified as Surabhi, died of a heart attack during her wedding ceremony so the families laid her body in the room next door as her husband-to-be worked on his backup plan.

Groom, Manjesh Kumar was in the middle of exchanging vows with his fiance when she died in front of him.

Doctors rushed to her side but despite their best efforts, she was pronounced dead by way of cardiac arrest moments later, local media reports.

However, Surabhi’s uncle Ajab Singh told news agency IANS that the families made the decision to have Kumar wed her younger sister instead, which he claims was a "tough call" for them.

He said: "One daughter lay dead in one room and the wedding of another daughter was being solemnised in the other room. We have never witnessed such mixed emotions.

"The grief over her death and the happiness of the wedding have yet to sink in."

Surabhi’s brother Saurabh added that they ‘did not know what to do in the situation at first.

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He said: "Both the families sat together and someone suggested that my younger sister Nisha should be married to the groom. The families discussed the matter and both agreed."

The story has since gone viral on social media, with an image of Surabhi and Nisha on the day of the wedding emerging.

News of the wedding has been viewed more than 260 million times on Weibo.

In other bizarre wedding news, an elderly woman attending her son's wedding in China discovered the bride is the little girl she abandoned at a roadside over 20 years ago after recognising a distinctive feature

At a wedding in Suzhou, Jiangsu Province on March 31, the mother-in-law found noticed a birthmark on her new daughter-in-law's hand, which similar to her lost daughter.

However, the story took another twist when it was revealed that there would be no objection to the marriage as the groom was also adopted.

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