This is the bizarre moment an Indonesian groom tries to annul his marriage moments after signing the wedding papers by declaring “talaq” three times, prompting a brawl in the venue.
The incident was filmed in the Indonesian province of West Nusa Tenggara and the footage has been widely shared on social media.
In the video, the groom, wearing gloves and a face mask and sitting next to his new bride, is seen signing the wedding papers.
However, moments later he gets to his feet and speaks into the microphone, prompting a brawl in the venue.
According to local media, the groom said “talaq” three times in a local language, meaning divorce or repudiation and refers to a traditional Islamic law where a husband has the right to annul a marriage simply by speaking the word thrice.
The groom’s attempt to annul the wedding angered the man sitting opposite, assumed to be the father of the bride, who jumped to his feet and apparently tried to hit him.
Local media said the couple was forced to marry after the man got the bride pregnant, although a representative from either family has yet to confirm the cause of the incident.
A local official from the Religious Affairs Ministry said the groom called for an annulment because he was being influenced by relatives who were opposed to the wedding.
The official, named Faisal, added that the two families resolved their differences after the filmed brawl and agreed to continue with the wedding.