He wanted to escape from his unattractive bride.
Arranged marriage is still being practiced in many countries like India, Pakistan, Japan, China, and Israel up to this age. Marriages like this are done for family convenience. Even so, this system has its advantages and disadvantages.
Kang Hu, a 33-year-old groom from China, threw himself into the river aiming to drown so that he could escape his ugly bride. This event showed as one con of arranged marriage.
When he met his bride, 30-year-old Na Sun, he was really disappointed as Na's appearance didn't live up to Kang's expectation. Kang apologized to Na then fled the ceremony held in Shiyan City in China and attempted suicide.
The runaway groom was found floating in the river bank hours later. He was not conscious and fully clothed when he was rescued. He was then rushed to a nearby hospital for treatment. His condition was stable when examined.
During an interview, Kang confessed why he had done such a thing rather than marry Na.
"I feel bad about what happened but when I saw her, she wasn't what I had expected and I realized that she would be bad for my image," he said.
"My parents had arranged this and I couldn't see any way out apart from suicide," he added.
Arrange Marriages in China
Some families still acknowledge and practice this old tradition despite of it not being common anymore in China.
Several stages are involved in this Chinese culture's system of marriage and here are some of them:
1. Information gathering - The groom's family conducts an investigation on the reputation and social status of the bride's family while the groom's family researches about the personality and behavior of the bride.
2. Negotiation - Whether direct or through a middleman, both families negotiate on the amount of dowry and the number of tables alloted for each family for the wedding.
3. Engagement - Once the negotiations are finalized, a dinner is held to announce the couple's wedding. Usually, the future bride and groom exchange rings at this event.
4. Wedding dowry - The bride's family accepts the dowry from the groom's family in exchange for the loss of their daughter.
5. Wedding - A wedding ceremony and banquet are then held for the couple. Several Chinese traditions are practiced in this event.