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Russell Brand and Katy Perry Anger Hindu Leaders Over Short Marriage

January 03, 2012 02:30 PM by Perry Miller

When Russell Brand filed for divorce from his wife of 14 months, Katy Perry, who has appeared on American Idol in 2009 and 2011,  he probably knew that her strict Christian parents would be upset. But he probably didn’t plan on upsetting Hindu leaders from around the world. Read on to find out how the short marriage is upsetting religious leaders.

Russell Brand and Katy Perry had a whirlwind romance that culminated on Oct. 23, 2010, in a “very private and spiritual ceremony,” in the words of their reps’ statement, at a luxury resort of Rajasthan, India. The ceremony involved both ancient Hindu and Christian traditions as well as camels, elephants, horses, dancers and musicians.

Fast-forward 14 months and the extreme opposites have called it quits, with Russell filing for divorce in Los Angeles over the New Year weekend. While the quickie marriage is normal for Hollywood standards, Hindu leaders are questioning the couple’s lack of commitment to the marriage.

“They should have taken marriage more seriously as it is a sacred rite in Hinduism,” Rajan Zed, president of the Universal Society of Hinduism told WENN. “In Hinduism, marriage is the most important sacrament.

“If celebrities opt for a Hindu wedding, they should be prepared to adhere to the commitment, devotion, responsibility, sanctity and morals, which are attached to it.”

The couple have been hounded with speculation about troubles in their relationship since they first started dating. Spending massive amounts of time apart due to their busy careers. All signs point to the fact that the couple entered into the marriage planning on staying in it because they wed without prenup. Without the documents, it has been reported that Katy Perry may have to pay Russell Brand close to $20 million in the divorce settlement.

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