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Update: Groom who hit his bride when she defeated him in a game during their wedding is charged with ‘petty hooliganism’

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A groom who hit his wife in the head on their wedding day after she defeated him In a game at their wedding party has been charged over the attack.

The man whose name has not been identified yet was captured in a viral video hitting his wife after she won a race to unwrap sweets that had been organised by guests at their wedding in the southern region of Surkhandaryo in Uzbekistan on June 6.

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The video caused outrage with Saida Mirziyoyeva, daughter of the country’s president,  condemning the attack, and prompting police to track the couple down.

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Officers say the man has now been charged with ‘hooliganism’ but is facing just 15 days in prison and a fine if found guilty.

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A committee in the Uzbek legislature’s upper house said the young man had ‘apologised to the bride and expressed regret at his actions’ at a neighbourhood hearing attended by community elders and relatives of the couple.

‘On the same day, the bride and groom reconciled and now live together,’ the committee said.

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Speaking out against the violence, Ms Mirziyoyeva had said: ‘We shouldn’t remain silent about such cases, we should not pretend that they are one-offs.

‘This is why we need education that opens horizons and makes women independent and strong.’

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After being struck, footage captured an obviously distraught bride putting her head in her hands before being led off the stage by another woman.

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The groom remained on stage looking out at the silenced guest as if nothing had happened, as his best man stood alongside him fidgeting with his phone.

Uzbekistan has a history of arranged marriages, although these are less common today. It is unclear if this was an arranged marriage.