In a fallout of demonetisation, a bride’s father suffered a massive stroke on Friday afternoon in Bihar’s Kaimur district and later died fearing that the groom’s family might not accept the amount of Rs. 35,000/- demanded as dowry in Rs 500 and Rs 1000 currency notes.
The victim Ram Awadh Sah (45) had fixed the marriage of the eldest of his four daughters and the marriage was supposed to take place early next year.
In the evening on November 8, PM Modi had announced that Rs 500 and Rs 1000 currency notes would be demonetised
According to sources, the groom’s family had demanded Rs. 35,000 as dowry which Sah was supposed to give during the Tilak ceremony today. The dowry amount of Rs 35,000 that Sah had managed to collect was all in of 500 and 1000 rupee notes, which are now not in use. He was apprehensive of the fact that the groom’s father would reject the amount of the now banned currency notes
The tension over the uncertainty of his daughter’s wedding caused Sah to suffer a stroke, following which he was admitted to a local hospital.
However, after his condition deteriorated, he was rushed to Varanasi but each of the three hospitals there where his family sought to get him admitted to refused to hospitalise him after the authorities there said that they would not accept Rs 500 and Rs 1000 currency notes his familt was carrying.
SAH DIED WHILE BEING TAKEN TO HOSPITAL
By the time Sah was taken to a fourth hospital, he died
“Sah was tensed since the time Rs 500 and Rs 1000 notes were demonetised and feared that the groom’s father would not accept dowry in the form of the now-scrapped notes”, said Shanti Devi, a relative of the deceased.
Sah ran a small grocery shop for a living and is survived by his wife and six children, including four daughters