A Chandigarh-based Sikh girl, who adopted Islam to marry a Rajouri-based doctor in 2010 but was unceremoniously divorced in 2012, has charged the doctor with rape, cheating and defamation. The accused, Dr Javed Choudhry, posted at Drahal in Rajouri, is currently under suspension.
Twenty-six-year-old girl Smaira Choudhry (adopted Muslim name) on Friday got a 'fatwa' issued against the doctor from Mufti Azam Bashir-ud-Din (head mufti of J&K state), which was read out by the maulvis in different mosques of Rajouri after the Friday prayers. Hereby, the doctor and his family will face social boycott by their community.
Taking to Hindustan Times, Smaira Choudhry, who holds an MBA degree from Australia and has been running an immigration consultancy in Chandigarh, said she spent nearly Rs 1 crore during her short-lived marriage with the doctor. Of this, he returned only her jewelry and Rs 22 lakh that she spent on purchasing a flat at Trikuta Nagar in Jammu, she said.
Daughter of a former chief engineer, Smaira said she came in contact with 37-year-old Dr Javed Choudhry, resident of Nadian (Rajouri), during the treatment of her grandmother at PGIMER, Chandigarh, in 2005.
"He introduced himself as Dr Amit Sharma, pursuing MS in Surgery. He promised that he would convert to Sikhism to marry me. After few months, I accidentally saw his I-card and realised that his name was Dr Javed Choudhry. It shocked me, but we decided to carry on our relations. On the assurance of Dr Javed that he would marry me, I started learning Islamic customs and I perfected them by 2008," she said.
She said their affair lasted five years till July 8, 2010, when Dr Javed said he was leaving for Delhi to join a hospital there. "Thereafter, he snapped all ties with me. However, instead of going to Delhi, he came to Rajouri. I got suspicious and came to Rajouri in the third week of July," Smaira said. Here, she said, she came to know that Dr Javed was already engaged and he threatened her against going to the police.
"Ditched and deceived, I returned to Chandigarh. But, after consulting my parents, I returned to Rajouri on July 30, 2010 and complained to the then SSP R Jalla," said Smaira. A case was registered against Dr Javed. After getting a copy of the FIR, she left for Chandigarh under police escort, as the doctor had threatened her. To avoid punishment under rape, cheating, defamation, etc., Dr Javed agreed to marry Smaira, which was solemnised on August 4, 2010.
"Within days of our marriage, he and his family members started torturing me. In August 2011, I approached the women cell in Jammu and Javed was jailed for 45 days. In February, I was compelled to move the high court," she said. She said Dr Javed again apologised to the judge and accepted reconciliation, but her harassment continued. In April 2012, Smaira said she came to Chandigarh to appear in PSC exams.
"I was shocked to receive a divorce notice, mentioning that we had been divorced on February 25. In May, I again approached the high court under sections 376, 406, 120-B, 379 and 420 of RPC," said Smaira, adding that Dr Javed succeeded in getting bail from the court in June in the rape case. "After the fatwa, I will now focus on getting the bail cancelled," she concluded.
Sequence of events
2005 Met at PGI, where doc was pursuing MS Surgery
Claimed being a Hindu and promised to convert to Sikhism
July 2010 Completes MS and returns to Rajouri
Severs contact with her
Smaira visits Rajouri; finds out he's engaged, files rape complaint
August 4, 2010 Marriage solemnised
Sept 2010: FIR dropped
Aug 2011: Files complaint of harassment in Women Cell
Javed spends 45 days in jail
February 2012: Compromise in HC and cohabit again
Torture starts again
April 2012 She visits Chandigarh for appearing in PSC exams and gets divorce papers dated February 25, March 25 and April 26
May 9, 2012: Again files case under section 376
Javed gets anticipatory bail
May 20, 2012: Approaches Mufti Board Rajouri. Javed summoned, fails to turn up
Grand Mufti in Srinagar issues fatwa against family and marriage untenable
Aug 18, 2012: Fatwa pronounced in Rajouri mosques