Wednesday, August 03, 2005

Marriage By Mobile Phone

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Record monsoon rains have cut off the country's financial capital Mumbai, but they could not stop a couple with mobile telephones getting married. The Muslim pair exchanged wedding vows over the phones after the bridegroom could not make it to the marriage ceremony because of torrential rains in western India. The innovative marriage was solemnised by a chief priest on Thursday (July 28) after Baaqar Abbas, the groom in central Raipur could not reach his bride in Bombay, which had been cut of from the nation for nearly two days. Witnesses on both sides kept their phones on speaker mode to ensure all relatives heard the bride and groom's assent in the 30-minute ceremony.

Stuart McDill, Reuters

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