In an instance of "misdirected affection", a 72-year-old widower has tied the nuptial knot with his own 24-year-old daughter-in-law at Jagatsinghpur's Sapur village under the Balikuda police limits. Shocked villagers have ostracized Renuka Mallick and her father-in-law Harihar Mallick and ordered them to leave the village for breaking the age-old social norms. The couple were staying in a rented house at Kendrapada's Bagada village.
Some villagers in Bagada also opposed to their staying in the village and informed the local police. The police went to the village and put up Renuka in a short-stay home at Kendrapada and detained Harihar. The case is being probed.
While Harihar's wife had died five years ago, there was no news about his son Bichitra Mallick who had gone to Bangalore to work as a mason four years ago.