A Delhi Police sub-inspector who allegedly harassed his daughter-in-law for dowry as payback for her dark complexion was arrested on Monday.
The woman, Sushma, has been living in the home of her father, a retired sub-inspector, since her husband, Gulshan Yadav, disowned her two months ago. Yadav has also filed for divorce.
Sushma was married in 2001 and has two children. “My father-in-law Prem Sukh Yadav and my in-laws said no amount of dowry could compensate for my complexion,” she said. The Yadavs allegedly threw her out after their latest demand a car and Rs 80,000 was not met.
Sushma’s lawyer LK Verma said the Yadavs also beat his client frequently. According to him, Sushma’s father, Kundan Lal, spent Rs 15 lakh on the wedding, and was then forced to gift his son-in-law a flat.
The Yadavs’ lawyer, Kusum Lata Sharma, denied all allegations. “How can someone whose own daughter is dark, harass someone else’s daughter?” she asked.