A wedding video in Indonesia has gone viral for all the wrong reasons. In it, a man is seen marrying two girlfriends because he didn’t want to hurt either woman’s feelings. The wedding took place on 17 August in Airtarap, Kalimantan.
As per the reports, the man also paid the brides’ families a handsome amount as dowry. In Indonesia, it is a common practice for the groom to pay a dowry to the bride’s family. It is considered to be proof that the groom will be able to care for his bride.
While polygamy isn’t unusual in the Muslim-majority country — a Muslim man can have up to four spouses according to the Quran, as long as he can provide for each — under Indonesian law, a man can only marry more than one woman if he has the approval of his first wife. And that is why the groom’s choice to tie the knot with his two girlfriends simultaneously caused a stir online.
What makes this ceremony even more unusual was that he married both women at the same time.
The video posted online on Aug. 17 quickly went viral, showing the two women on each side of him.
And the groom understandably struggled to recite his marriage vows and reportedly had to repeat them a second time before he got them right. Both women have no issues with this unique marriage.