Thiruvananthapuram: In an at most shocking incident in Kerala, its capital city witnessed a bizarre case of masquerade when a woman disguised herself as a man and tricked a girl, an employee with an IT firm at Technopark here with whom she was in a relationship for over seven years and got married.
The newlywed bride only realized that she got married to a woman on the wedding night when she received an anonymous call who introduced himself as a friend of the ‘bridegroom’, revealed to her that her husband was in fact a woman.
The impersonator introduced herself to the girl as Sreeram and gave a fake address in Kollam. After being in love for over seven years, recently they decided to get into wedlock and decided to get married before a registrar.
The ‘bridegroom’ arrived at the office of the registrar of marriage in a taxi minutes before the end of muhurtham or the auspicious time and informed the bride’s relatives that he met with an accident on the way. He also told them that his relatives would reach the office soon.
However, none from the bridegroom’s side turned up even after the completion of registration formalities.
After the marriage, the swindler took the lady and her relatives to his residence, a single-room rented house, but there was nobody to welcome them. Growing suspicious, the girl’s relatives asked her to hand over her gold ornaments to them.
After they returned home, the girl who was at her hubby’s house received an anonymous call and asked her to escape from there cunningly. A few moments later the call, the ‘bridegroom’ demanded her gold, saying that he needed it to clear debts. It was at this point she came to know that she was betrayed.
Following the girl phoned her relatives and informed them about the anonymous call. Her parents asked both of them to come to their home at the earliest. When the duo reached there, they took them to the local police station.
Meanwhile a medical examination concluded that the bridegroom was biologically a woman. Though it was suspected that the marriage was a ploy to extract the girl’s gold, no case has been registered so far as the victim’s family was reluctant to submit a complaint.