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Bride backs out of marriage to math-challenged groom

Lovely Singh backed out of plans to marry Ram Baran after discovering he couldn't solve the math problem 15+6.

By Ben Hooper
Bride backs out of marriage to math-challenged groom
A heart-shaped calculator might have helped Ram Baran correctly answer Lovely Singh's math question. Photo by Antonio Gravante/Shutterstock

RASOOLABAD, India, March 13 (UPI) -- A mathematically-challenged groom in India was dumped by his bride-to-be when he failed to correctly answer a basic addition problem just prior to the ceremony.

Police in Uttar Pradesh said they were called to mediate between the bride and groom's families Wednesday in Rasoolabad after Lovely Singh backed out of plans to wed Ram Baran when she discovered her intended husband could not add 15 and six.

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Baran gave the answer as 17 instead of the correct 21.

Mohar Singh, the father of the bride, said Baran's family failed to disclose his lack of education before the marriage plans were arranged.

"Any [first grade] student must be able to solve the simple problem asked by us. The family of the groom had kept us in dark about the youth's qualification," Singh said. "It was a very embarrassing situation for all of us as we had come with all preparations and it was a matter of social prestige as well. We have been cheated," he told The Times of India.

Police mediated between the families and both sides agreed to return all gifts they received in advance of the wedding.

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