A 22-year old Indian man, Mahto Suraj, has reportedly abandoned his wife and married his mother-in-law, Asha Devi.

Mahto claimed to have fallen in love with his 42-year-old mother-in-law when she came to stay with him and his wife, Mahto Lalita, in the village of Puraini in Bihar, in the north-eastern part of India in 2015, but two months into his marriage to his mother-in-law, Mahto says he has realized his mistakes, Gulf News is reporting.

He is now seeking a divorce from his mother-in-law and wants to go back to Lalita, his abandoned wife.

Meanwhile, when Lalita got wind of their romance, she asked her mother out of her matrimonial home but her husband objected and later eloped with Devi to a neighbouring town where he married her.

Mahto went ahead to marry his mother-in-law despite oppositions from villagers.

However, after two months of marriage, the ‘couple’ is begging for forgiveness.

Mahto said he has come back to his senses and wants to go back to his wife.

Speaking, he said, “I have come to realize my foolishness. I admit I have committed the mistake, but will never repeat in future. Now, I no longer treat her (Devi) as my wife, rather, I have started paying her regard as a mother and an in-law that she is.

“I am on my knees, I’m begging Lalita to take me back home for the sake of our son,” Mahto added.

On her part, Devi reportedly said she has realized her mistake.

She, however, sought for forgiveness, saying she will divorce her son-in-law.

Devi said, “I no longer treating him as my husband, but as a son-in-law.

“We have already filed a divorce petition in the court and I want to return to my husband as soon as possible,” she added.

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