CHENNAI, Oct. 23 — The people of Bodinayakanur, a town 526 km south-west of Chennai, has a new role model in Priya (20). She has been flooded with proposals from hundreds of youths after her decision not to marry an alcoholic youth. It all started on Sunday last, the day Priya was to wed Chellapandy (25), a mechanical engineer by profession.

The “muhurtham” (auspicious time) for the function was at 7 am. Chellapandi, the groom and his friends landed in the marriage hall at 6.50 in fully inebriated condition. He tied the sacred yellow thread (mangalsutra) around the neck of Priya and threw himself out.

“What’s happening?”, a bewildered Priya asked the onlookers as Chellapandi started cursing the brand he had in the morning. Not satisfied with it, he started beating the bride with the bouquet of flowers.

Though Priya tried to hold out to the tantrums of the groom, he was not in his normal self. The fully drunk Chellapandi started assaulting the bride’s relations for reasons known only to him. His friends tried to pacify him but it was a futile effort.

While her close relations held back the insults, Priya was not the one who takes it lying down. She removed the newly tied mangalsutra and gave it back to Chellapandi. This infuriated him further and he began assaulting the girl.

Priya along with her friends rushed to the nearest Police Station seeking the help of the law enforcing agency. The duty Inspector, faced with a unique request, directed them to the Superintendent of Police who was available in the town itself. Mahesh, the SP, after listening to Priya, put her on to Inspector Jayarani, the Station Officer of the All Women Police Station in Bodinayakanur.

“It was a critical situation. Fate of Priya was hanging in the balance. I found out that she was from a poor family. Her father, an alcoholic, had deserted her mother immediately after the birth of Priya. Her mother, a poor agricultural worker brought her up. She could study only up to eighth class,” Jayarani told The Pioneer over phone from Bodynayakanur.

The Inspector summoned Chellapandi and his relatives to the station. “His friends and relations told me that he was an alcoholic. I understood that it was not advisable and safe for Priya to live with him,” said Jayarani. She told Priya not to worry and asked the bride-to-be to go back her house. It was then Priya’s mother told her about the amount of money she has spent for the marriage.

“I ordered Chellapandi’s parents to give back Rs 15,000 spent by Priya’s mother towards the marriage expenses which they agreed. It was the exemplary boldness shown by Priya which helped us to resolve the issue. I am sure a bold and chivalrous youth would come forward to marry Priya,” said Jayarani, an MCom, MPhil turned police officer.

What has been left unsaid is that Priya is an ardent fan of MGR, the former Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu. And Bodynayakanur is from where Chief Minister Jayalalithaa got elected to the Assembly for the first time! It is also known as Kashmir of South India for the beautiful landscapes.

thanks: Google Photos of Bodinyakanur greenish.