Wedding failed after a math test, in an Indian village, this week


Just before the  wedding ceremony, the woman named Lovely Singh  asked groom Ram Baran to solve “15+6.” When he replied “17”, she promptly left and accused him of being illiterate. She refused to return despite pleas from the groom’s family and the local police mediated between the families to return all the gifts and jewelry that had been exchanged before the wedding. Almost all Indian children are raised with the expectation that their parents will arrange their marriages. Arranging a marriage is a critical responsibility for parents and other relatives of both bride and groom in India. Some parents begin marriage arrangements on the birth of a child. Finding the perfect partner for one’s child can be a challenging task. In this case, “the groom’s family kept us in the dark about his poor education,” Mohar Singh, the bride’s father, said. India’s illiterate population is the largest in the world, according the latest Education For All Global Monitoring Report released by UNESCO on Tuesday.


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