..Preshmet Singh who lived in Guahti (northeastern India) had the same thing happen to him. His dowry included seven 35 litre barrels of home brewed beer that his father in-law (to be) brewed for just this reason.
The night before the wedding party my uncle's father-in-law stored the barrels of beer in my uncle Preshmet's garage. This was a very strong beer and cast quite an aroma over the the surrounding area. The smell caught the attention of several elephants which were "going moose" at that time of year and were quite petulant about getting at the beer. Whe tried to shoo them away with boards and poles but this made them angry and want the beer even more.
Since the elephants were in moose they were not very stable anyway.
So anyway where was I? Oh yes, the elephants trampled my uncle's village and the villagers banished my uncle and all his relatives to Fiji and he never got his Indian Enfield 350. Quite a sad story actually.
I think the illegal part in this case is that the guy accepted all the other money and gifts that the girl's family gave him, and then ran off. From the article it even sounds as if there are laws in India specifically dealing with the crime of conning a woman's family out of a dowry.
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