Recently my friend's marriage was fixed with a gentleman from Andhra Pradesh. It was a case of chat mangni - pat biyah kind of affair.
The engagement event was concluded but for some unavoidable reasons, marriage had to be postponed. But before that, as marriage was a confirmed affair, girl's parents gave around 6 lacs to the groom's side. This is a precentage of full money which they agreed to give to groom's side.
During the waiting period for new date, girl's family found out that the groom lied about his qualifications and there were other issues between the couple. After considerable thought and discussion, girl's family asked for cancellation of the marriage.
The girl's parents demanded to settled the finance but currently groom's side is not willing to settle the entire amount of 6 lacs. The matter is being extended without any reasons. They came to know that they spent the money on some family matters.
I want to get an opinion what are my legal options in case the groom's family doest return the money to my friend. Its hard earned money which the family saved for years for their daughter's marriage.
Thank for your help.