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Couple frog marched into doing wedding march

August 17, 2004

Dhaka - Two Bangladeshi lovers found themselves frogmarched down the aisle by police after pretending to be married when they checked into a hotel, a report said Tuesday.

Acting on a tip-off, officers raided the hotel and arrested engineer Mominur Rahman Chouwdury and his university student girlfriend Shefali Khatun Shelley, the Independent daily said.

The pair, who were not engaged, were taken to a police station where the officer in charge called both their parents and told Chowdhury to marry Shelley or face a rape charge.

Chowdhury finally agreed and with the consent of both couples' parents the wedding was solemnised at Boalia police station in the northwest city of Rajshahi, 210km from the capital Dhaka, the report added.

Couples are expected to be married when checking into hotels in conservative Bangladesh.

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