Unsettling Footage Of Kidnapped Man Forced To Marry Despite Crying Emerges Online

Vinod Kumar attended a friend’s wedding and it turned into a nightmare. The  29-year-old Indian man was kidnapped at gunpoint and forced into a marriage with a woman he had never met. Kumar is seen on a video sobbing as he is forced to participate in the wedding. 

A local news station reports the family of the “bride” can be heard on the video, saying:

We are only performing your wedding, not hanging you.

As shocking as this story seems, kidnapping men and forcing them into marriage is not as uncommon as one would think. In poor areas like western Bihar and eastern Uttar Pradesh, families cannot afford dowries. 

In 2016 there were a reported 3,000 men kidnapped and forced into marriage.

These marriages, known as pakadua vivah, are often not annulled and the brides may also suffer while forced to live with a family and angry husband who resent their presence.  

Police said Kumar was freed from the village where he was being held and they are investigating the kidnapping.

The video outraged people:

They were angry for both the man and the woman:

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Black Valedictorian Forced To Share The Honor With White Student Who Had A Lower GPA

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Imagine a school where the valedictorian is black, but is named co-valedictorian and forced to share that honor with a white student whose GPA is lower. Imagine that black student was not allowed to give a speech at graduation until after that white student had spoken. Imagine that black student being asked to walk behind that white student with the lower GPA. You probably imagined this happening in a movie set several decades ago, right? It happened. In reality. Recently. 

“Whaaaaaaaaat?” – Half of you guys right now

Jasmine Shepard was the first black valedictorian of Cleveland High School in Mississippi, a school in a district where racial tensions run incredibly high. So much so, that a federal judge ruled that the school district had actually failed to desegregate despite the law ordering schools to do so more than sixty years ago. The school actually tried to fight a secondary order to desegregate in 2016.

Jasmine and her mother believe these racial tensions are what’s behind Jasmine’s treatment as valedictorian.

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The school has never had co-valedictorians before and claims the students just so happened to have identical GPA’s for the first time ever in the school’s history.

Jasmine’s mother doesn’t agree.

“These children have been attending school with each other since middle school. We know the schedule, we know what they take and we have a good idea where the discrepancy lies.”

Jasmine was initially hesitant to take any action against the school because she was worried there would be backlash against the other student, who she describes as “the kindest-hearted, sweetest person.” Eventually, though, they did decide to take the matter to court to highlight the school districts actions. They are seeking damages and for Jasmine to correctly be named the sole valedictorian.

People are baffled.

Francisco couldn’t contain his sarcasm.

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Francisco’s sentiments may have been sarcastic, but that wasn’t the case for everyone.

“Feral savages” … wow. Keepin’ it classy, huh?

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Whatever the result of the suit is, congratulations to Jasmine on her achievement and we wish her tons of success in her future. 

H/T: RawStory, Twitter

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The Creepy Clown Controversy Has Forced Target To Stop Selling Clown Masks For Halloween

Thanks to the recent clown reign of terror that’s been haunting communities across the country (and our nightmares), Halloween just got a lot less fun. 

A Target spokesman emailed the following statement, regarding the retailer’s clown masks this Halloween:

Given the current environment, we have made the decision to remove a variety of clown masks from our assortment, both in stores and online.

So it looks like we won’t be seeing this face on Halloween. 

So what exactly is the “current environment” that makes clown masks so undesirable this year? 

It all began this summer with the first creepy clown sightings in South Carolina, where people reported a clown trying to lure children into the woods…You know, like any good horror movie begins.

Things only got worse from there. Clown disasters started sprouting up all over. Two high schools in Alabama went into lockdown last month after social media threats surfaced from a clown spotted lingering around campus. Then, in North Carolina, a 20-year-old was arrested for terrorizing people while wearing a clown mask and carrying a hatchet. 

Professional clowns (like, ones without axes and homicidal tendencies) have not been thrilled with the new widespread distrust of people in weird makeup and big red noses. 

Some clowns even organized a Clown Lives Matter march which was shut down due to death threats (and people generally being outraged that clowns would try to piggyback off of Black Lives Matter). 

The crisis hasn’t just damaged Halloween and circus clowns, though. It’s even affected a fast food empire. 

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Even Ronald McDonald, the beloved clown face of obesity,  has been forced to maintain a low profile

TBH, we’re glad that there will be fewer clown masks this Halloween… So if we see one, we know it’s a legitimate homicidal maniac.

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