A newly-married Indian teenager has divorced her husband just two weeks after she married him because she discovered he was impotent and could not perform in bed. The 18-year-old bride from Katna village in Murshidabad, West Bengal state, found out about his impotent state on the night of their wedding, and immediately demanded a divorce and refund of her dowry. According to reports, the girl's family who supported her asked that the divorce be fast-tracked in order not to ruin the girl's reputation with other suitors in the future.
The family said they do not want their daughter to be branded barren after marrying a man who cannot impregnate a woman. The 18-year-old reportedly asked the family of her husband, from Burdwan district in West Bengal, to return the dowry: 55,000 rand (£2,547) in cash as well as assets worth the same amount.
'On our wedding night, I realised that my husband has erectile dysfunction,' the 18-year-old told Times of India. 'In our village, marriages have broken up earlier. But no girl has ever cited impotence as a reason.'
It is believed the groom's family had wanted the woman to give their son sometime by continuing in the marriage, but the woman refused. The groom and his family have now been compelled to pay the dowry after the bride won the case in a family court.
A local court ruled in the teenager's favour and the groom's family will be paying back the entire dowry in cash - 110,000 rand (£5,090).