Man marries two sisters, and the three are ‘happy’

September 22nd, 2008 - 9:27 pm ICT by IANS  

Kolkata, Sep 22 (IANS) In a one-of-a-kind incident, a 36-year-old Hindu married two sisters simultaneously at the same venue on the outskirts of the West Bengal capital.The wedding rituals were performed at Kalachandpara in Garia on the outskirts of the city Sunday.

All the three protagonists, brought up in the same locality, belong to the so-called upper class of the society and are well educated.

The two Roychowdhury sisters - Jhuma and Soma - were engaged to the same man - Kaushik Dutta for years and the three also own a well-known publishing house that brings out text books.

The elder sister Jhuma is a post-graduate while Soma, three years younger, holds a doctorate.

“The three of us have been very close since 1988. We spend 16 to 17 hours together every day, doing business, chatting, having fun,” said Kaushik.

“I can’t think of life without any of them. And they also can’t stay without me. At the same time, Jhuma and Soma share a wonderful relationship. So, we have formally decided to be life partners,” he said.

Jhuma said she came to know Kaushik at a coaching centre. “Kaushik and Soma also got to know each other then. Gradually, both of us became very close to him, fell in love, and now we have got married. We are sure we will live happily.”

Soma said initially they had some reservations, but gathered the courage to go ahead after the green signal from the two families.

“The most wonderful part of the story is that both my elder sister and I have a beautiful relationship though we share the same man. We are never jealous of each other. It is a dream-come-true for all of us,” Soma said.

Kaushik’s father Asim Dutta was equally happy. “If they are contented like this, then who are we to stop them?”

Kaushik tied the knot with Jhuma as per the Hindu Marriage Act. With Soma, he got into the wedlock as per social rituals.

However, lawyers feel both marriages cannot be legal, according to the Hindu Marriage Act.

“The girl Kaushik married first, is the legal wife. It is not a crime to marry two persons, provided both the girls are in the know about everything. But if anyone raises a legal question, then there may be problems,” says Calcutta High Court Bar Association vice president Uttam Majumdar.

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