• Karam Chand,110, passed away only two months shy of his 91st wedding anniversary. To his right is his wife, Katari Chand, 103. (Facebook / The Confused Indian)Source: Facebook / The Confused Indian
One Sikh couple living in the UK has proven that marriage can stand the test of time, with a union lasting over 90 years before death finally tore them apart.
Shami Sivasubramanian

5 Oct 2016 - 11:52 AM  UPDATED 5 Oct 2016 - 12:04 PM

Karam Chand, who holds the record for the world’s longest marriage with wife Katari, passed away at 110 years old this week, only two months shy of his 91st wedding anniversary.

Mr Chand and his wife Katari, 103, were married as teenagers in 1925 in a small rural village in northwestern Punjab, during the British Raj.

Forty years later, the farmer and his wife moved to Bradford, UK where Mr Chand died.

But in an era where the divorce rate is near 50 per cent, what kept these two together for so very long? 

According to BBC, the Mrs Chand says in all their years of marriage they have “never argued”.

The couple had a traditional Sikh arranged-marriage during a more conservative era in Indian culture, which many have also contributed to their long union. In fact, in many rural villages in India, arranged marriages are still prevalent and divorce is still taboo.

Mr and Mrs Chand have eight children, 27 grandchildren, and 23 great-grandchildren.

They were local celebrities, attended openings of local malls and featured in town parades.

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