Pune: Police play parental role in solemnizing doctor's marriage to IT professional

PUNE: The city police played the role of parents on Saturday to solemnize the marriage from a young IT professional and a doctor at the request of their respective families who were trapped in Dehradun and Nagpur due to the blockade.

A police assistant and his wife performed the bride's kanyadaan, while the parents of the young couple, the groom's brother, an army commander in Ambala, and the bride's sister in Nepal witnessed the ceremony in a video call.

The police made all , including a two-hour booking of the Amanora club house and a priest for performing the rituals. The couple's fathers are both retired army colonels. The groom, Aditya Singh Bisht (27), told TOI, "My marriage was scheduled to be held at Dehradun but we could not travel because of the lockdown. I am happy that my marriage could be solemnised in Pune on the fixed date on May 2 even though our parents, relatives and friends could not attend the wedding."

The marriage was performed in the presence of deputy commissioner of police Suhas Bawache, inspector Humraj Kumbhar, assistant inspectors Manoj Patil and Prasad Lonare. While Patil and his wife performed the ‘kanyadaan’, Lonare made arrangements for the club house and priest.

Assistant inspector Prasad Lonare said, "The groom’s father had called the city police control room and sought help for performing his son’s marriage . We then made all the arrangements.” Amanora township vice-president Sunil Tarte said, "We made the club house available for the marriage free of cost. We gifted the couple a box of sanitisers and served them lunch."