An alliance between the north and the east has gone sour in Ranchi forcing a man to knock police doors against his mother to protect his wife.
Irked by his mother's consistent taunt on his love marriage with a Bengali girl, Satpal Singh Chawla, a Punjabi youth has lodged an FIR against his mother, married sister and brother-in-law accusing the trio of passing unsavory gibes on his wife and ill-treating her. This, he said, is happening even when his bride's parents paid a hefty amount in dowry to appease the duo.
When police refused to hear his please, disenchanted Chawla moved the district legal services authority (DLSA) that immediately intervened and directed the police to register aggrieved Chawla's FIR.
Around two weeks back, a police station in downtown Ranchi finally registered an FIR against Jasbir Kaur, the mother, Daljit Kaur, the sister and Lavleet Kaur, the said victim's brother-in-law.
Chawla and his bride reached the police station two days ago complaining that the accused have thrashed them badly and pleaded stern actions against them.
Chawla, a hotelier, in his complaint, has narrated how the trio has been subjecting his wife to torture since their marriage in November last year. He alleged that unable to endure the persistent mental agony, his pregnant wife had to abort on two previous occasions.
"We were driven away from our house. The situation is becoming worse with every passing day. No action has been initiated on our complaint. The feeling helplessness is taking a toll as police have turned a blind eye towards our woes," said Sushmita Mukherjee, Chawla's wife.
Nagina Rai, investigating officer of the case, said, "A deputy police superintendent is supervising the case. They will have to wait till the probe is over," he said.
As per the complaint, of which Hindustan Times has a copy, the couple with the consent of both the families entered into nuptial knot on November 11, 2013 at a local Gurudwara. On Satpal's mother's demand, the girl's parents paid Rs. 4 lakh cash and jewellery worth Rs. 7 lakh. However, after four days of marriage, the accused started torturing the girl.
"My mother often branded her a witch and a black magician," Chawla said, adding, "Soon they resorted to physical torture. They confined my bride in a room sans food on several occasions."
Satpal further alleged that his brother-in-law was eyeing his paternal property and hence conspired to throw him and his wife out of the house.
The accused have declined to comment. "We have no comments to make," Chawla's mother, Jasbir Kaur said, cursing for having given birth to a son who has lost all values.