Australia-based husband, in-laws booked for harassing Ropar woman

Australia-based husband, in-laws booked for harassing Ropar woman

Tribune News Service

Nawanshahr, August 31

A complaint has been filed by a woman from Ropar against her NRI husband and in-laws alleging harassment. Her husband is an Australian citizen and originally belongs to Nawanshahr. She alleged that he has been running away from his matrimonial duties and had made false promises of taking her to Australia.

In her complaint, the victim said her husband has not contacted with her for the past two years. She alleged that she was subjected to mental harassment by her in-laws. The couple has a son out of wedlock and the complainant has been living with her parents.

She said that her father had spent over Rs 15 lakh on her marriage and had given ‘gifts’ such as gold jewellery and other things as per the demand of the in-laws.

As per the complaint, it was after her marriage that her husband demanded more money from the woman and her parents so that he could go to Australia. In 2018, when the husband went to Australia, he promised his wife that he will take her and the son with him once the documentation process was complete. “He also asked me to arrange Rs5 lakh for immigration, otherwise he will not take me,” the complainant added.

“When my husband left, I was living with my in-laws who started torturing me and demanded money. They also took my phone so that I couldn’t contact either my husband or my parents. I was not given food for days and they would always taunt me. I went through hell and now want strict action against them. After a while, my parents got to know about my condition and they took us with them. Since then, I have been trying contacting my husband, but he doesn’t reply to my calls,” the complainant alleged.

The woman has lodged a case with the NRI cell. Investigating Officer Raj Kumar said a case has been registered under Sections 406 and 498-A (Husband or relative of husband of a woman subjecting her to cruelty) of the IPC.

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