A joyous wedding day in Guangdong province took a quick turn to tragedy on Tuesday after a bridesmaid fell from a four-story building to her death in what may have been yet another “wedding prank” gone awry.
That afternoon, a number of well-wishers arrived at the home of the bride in a village outside of Foshan, waiting for her to be escorted off to the wedding, Guangzhou Daily reports. The groomsmen waited patiently at the door holding huge stacks of hongbao.
However, once the bride’s family opened the door, they suddenly rushed inside and began to go on the hunt for bridesmaids. One 22-year-old woman rushed upstairs and tried to take refuge on the fourth floor.
She was next seen plummeting to the ground. The groomsmen are suspected of accidentally shoving her to her death from the balcony and the incident is currently under investigation by police.
The tragedy has caused many netizens to speak out once again on the troubling tradition of “wedding pranks” against bridesmaids in China, which all too frequently devolve into verbal and sexual assault.
Earlier this month, a video went viral on Chinese social media showing a pair of young men sexually assaulting a bridesmaid in the back of a car. The two groomsmen were later arrested by police in Xi’an, but it’s not clear if they will face charges. The victim has said that she knows both of the men and therefore is not intending to pursue a lawsuit.
[Images via Guangzhou Daily]
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