An Indian recently left a country in confusion after helping his seven-year-old wife marry the man she had had an affair with for years.
Uttam Mandal and Sapna Kumari from Bhagalpur in the Indian state of Bihar married in 2014 and had two children together. They were happy together for a while, but at one point Sapna fell in love with a relative of Uttman, a younger man who came around her house every now and then, and the two began an affair. The husband found out about Sapna’s escapade and they argued over the subject many times, but since Sapna couldn’t get over her lover, Uttman decided to do the unthinkable, step aside and help his wife marry the man she was loved.
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If you’re a fan of Bollywood cinema, you will likely recognize the plot of “Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam,” a 1999 blockbuster in which Aishwaria Ray’s character is assisted by her husband to marry her lover, played by Salman Khan . Nobody really believed that something like this could happen in real life, which is why the plot impressed the audience so much, but Uttam Mandal decided to prove that real life beats any movie.
“I got angry and sad for a while, but decided to find a solution,” Mandal told ETV Bharat. “The lives of three people would have been destroyed if I hadn’t done that. That was the only solution. Now we can all be happy. “
Over the years, Sapna’s parents and in-laws tried to convince her to stay with Uttam and not separate the family, but their efforts were in vain, so Uttam eventually convinced her to attend his wife’s wedding ceremony with her lover, Raju Kumar. It was he who arranged their wedding in a Durga temple in Sutanganj, Bihar, and even gave them their blessing by saying that their match was made in heaven …
It is unclear whether Uttam and Sapna divorced before she married her lover, but according to Indian media, their two children stayed with him as she reportedly refused to take them with her.