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Prisoners marry in mass ceremony

2009-11-13 08:49 BJT

Marriage is the most important union in many people's lives. For the newlyweds in our next story, tying the knot is particularly precious.

All seven grooms in the mass wedding are inmates of Jialing Prison in Sichuan province
All seven grooms in the mass wedding are inmates of Jialing Prison in Sichuan

With a red carpet and white dresses, this wedding follows all the traditions of a common wedding. But joining the newlyweds are armed guards and high surrounding walls.

All seven grooms in the mass wedding are inmates of Jialing Prison in Sichuan province.

The couples were excited to take part in the first mass wedding at a Chinese prison even if the honeymoon has to wait.

A bride said, "I hope my husband behaves well in jail and can be released to come home earlier. "

This bride traveled from Sichuan's provincial capital, Chengdu, to marry her boyfriend of nearly 20 years. Two years ago, he received a 16-year prison sentence for injuring by intent.