He wooed her, pampered her and convinced her that he was the perfect match, till she accepted his marriage proposal. But it was hardly a month into the union that Priyanka’s dreams of a happy married life were shattered.
Nitin Chawla divorced his first wife, with whom he has a 10-year-old son, to marry Priyanka on January 6.
Priyanka’s sister, Dimpy said, “We were never in favour of this marriage. Even Priyanka was not interested. But Nitin was crazy about her. He would come to our house every morning with cakes and flowers and ask my mother to let him see Priyanka. My mother was also against the marriage because he was 10 years older than her. But despite us being so rude to him, he would land up at our door everyday without fail.”
Nitin first met Priyanka at the launch of his bar in Greater Kailash in April 2015, where he fell in love with her. For the next nine months, he kept pursuing her till she agreed to marry him.
“One day he came to our house and fell at my mother’s feet. He started crying and said that he would die he if does not marry Priyanka. He promised to keep her happy,” Dimpy said.
“When my sister saw how madly in love he was with her, she started believing it only because he was so consistent. He took good care of her and her family. He never showed any violent streak which made her believe that he would keep her happy,” she said.
FIRST SIGNS OF ABUSE
The first signs of abuse showed on January 30 when Priyanka called her mother and told her that she was beaten up only for stepping out for a cup of tea. “You have to see her pictures to believe how mercilessly he had beaten her up. She had bruises and marks all over,” Dimpy said.
Just a few days into the marriage, Nitin told Priyanka, that he wants to take custody of his 10-year-old son and that she should be his mother. The 25-yearold wanted her independence and refused to accept the child.
“Priyanka told him that he should forget about his first wife and children but he refused. He confessed that they had an argument over it and he hit her. He however claimed that he loved her way too much,” an investigator told HT.
Speaking to HT, Tehreen Priyanka’s friend who had met her soon after the marriage, said that Nitin was an obsessive lover. “I was the one with whom she had met Nitin the first time. He was madly in love with her but he was an obsessive lover. He married her and later turned abusive. I saw the marks of beating on her body and I was shocked.”
“He used to lock her up in the room for hours and beat her up. He demanded cash, jewellery and other things,” another friend said.