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The pop star and the comedian/actor tied the knot on October 23, 2010 in an extravagant Hindu ceremony near the Ranthambhore tiger sanctuary in India's sacred city of Rajasthan. Last week (Dec. 30), Brand confirmed that he had filed for divorce against Katy after weeks of rumors and speculation that the marriage was on the rocks.
Since the announcement, Hindu religious leaders have voiced their concern that the estranged celebrity couple have given their faith a bad name. Hindu statesman and president of the Universal Society of Hinduism Rajan Zed told WENN, "They should have taken marriage more seriously as it is a sacred right in Hinduism. The religious leader continued, "In Hinduism, marriage is the most important sacrament. The married couple is looked upon as a complete module for worship and participation in cultural and social acts."
"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. There are reasons why Hindus, as a group, have one of the lowest divorce rates in the world," Zed added.
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