Shocking twist after groom hit wife at wedding

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A groom who violently smacked his new wife in front of horrified wedding guests has been charged with 'hooliganism' after a video of the gut-wrenching assault went viral.

In the footage, which has since been shared across the world, the newly wedded couple can be seen standing on a stage in front of cheering family and friends as they compete in a party game in Uzbekistan.

As the woman claims victory, being the first to unwrap a number of sweets, her husband is shown to strike her in the head.

Stumbling across the stage, the bride collides with a woman to her left before she is helped off the podium with her head in her hands.

A groom has been charged after a video of him beating his new wife at their wedding went viral. Source: Twitter
A groom has been charged after a video of him beating his new wife at their wedding went viral. Source: Twitter

The incident on June 6 made headlines around the world, sparking police to investigate.

Uzbekistan’s state prosecutor says the man has since been charged with “petty hooliganism”.

If found guilty, he could be fined or sentenced to just 15 days in prison.

In the meantime a government committee said the young man had “apologised to the bride and expressed regret at his actions” in front of community elders and relatives of the couple at a neighbourhood hearing.

“On the same day, the bride and groom reconciled and now live together,” it said.

The couple are said to have reconciled following the attack. Source: Twitter
The couple are said to have reconciled following the attack. Source: Twitter

Saida Mirziyoyeva, the daughter of the Central Asian country’s president, slammed the man’s behaviour as “disgusting".

“We shouldn’t remain silent about such cases, we should not pretend that they are one-offs,” she wrote in a social media post.

“This is why we need education that opens horizons and makes women independent and strong.”

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