Love transcends all boundaries. In a true `filmi’ style, a 22-year-old Bangladeshi woman swam across the border to marry her boyfriend from India
Identified as Krishna Mandal, she met Abhik Mandal on Facebook and fell in love. Since Krishna did not have a passport and cannot travel to India, she decided to swim across and marry her love.
Krishna first entered the Sundarbans, which is known for its Royal Bengal Tigers. She then swam for about an hour in the river to reach her destination.
Three days ago, Krishna got married to Abhik at Kalighat Temple in Kolkata. However, she was arrested on Monday for illegally entering the country. Indian authorities are contemplating repatriating Krishna by handing her over to Bangladesh high commission office.
Earlier in March, police rescued a Vietnamese man who tried to row 2,000 kilometers from Thailand to India to meet his wife.
Ho Hoang Hung set off from the Thai holiday island of Phuket in an inflatable rubber dinghy, equipped with water and instant noodles but no navigation system, planning to cross the Bay of Bengal near the start of cyclone season.
A fishing boat found the 37-year-old on Wednesday near the Similan Islands, about 80km off the Thai mainland, and contacted the navy’s maritime security unit, which came and rescued him.
He told officials he was trying to reach his wife, who works in Mumbai, after spending two years apart because of Covid travel restrictions, Captain Pichet Songtan from the Thai Maritime Enforcement Command Centre said.
Pichet said the man was found with no map, compass, GPS, or change of clothes and only a limited amount of water.