FOR THE past one year, Raghuraj Yadav has been searching for his wife Laxmi, who suddenly disappeared with her father leaving behind their one-year-old son Abhishek. Now, Raghuraj believes that his father-in-law Ramprasad Yadav has sold off his wife to one Jagannath and is keeping his son as a bargaining chip – to ensure that his wife does not come back to him.
It is his belief that keeps him looking for his wife. He has sought justice from the police, the courts and now even the Human Rights Commission, but the result has been zero. His wife remains untraceable. Raghuraj blames the police, for he feels that the police were simply not taking any interest in the case because of apathy and has just one plea, “If my wife comes and tells me that I do not want to stay with you, I will let her go.”
But, the police have failed to produce her. Raghuraj buttresses his argument by saying that if his wife really wanted to run away, she would have left a note at least. He says his wife still contacts her father to know about the boy’s welfare. He has told the police about it. “If police just question the neighbourhood grocer at Maulik Nagar (where his father-in-law stays) they will find everything, but they are simply not interested,” he charges.
The police, meanwhile, believe that Laxmi has run away on her own accord with Jagannath. She does not want to stay with Raghuraj. The story about her being sold by her father has been cooked up by Raghuraj to make his case stronger. Interestingly, the police have no concrete proof to support their contention.
When Raghuraj first lodged a report with the Heera Nagar police in this regard on July 7, 2005, the police made some desultory attempts to trace Laxmi, and then gave up – they had more important things to do. But Raghuraj was bent upon finding his wife. He moved the High Court and on January 20, 2006, a double bench comprising Justice S K Kulshrestha and Justice A K Awasthy directed the police to take action within two weeks. But whatever action they took has not yielded any results.
Then TI B P S Parihar told the court that “the wife is a major, aged 22 years, and it does not appear that she has been wrongly detained by anyone.” Moreover, the police told the court that since the child was “entrusted to respondent No 4 (Ramprasad Yadav) by his daughter (Laxmi), wife of the petitioner, it does not appear to be a case of kidnapping or wrongful detention.”
Raghuraj then complained to the MP Human Rights Commission (MPHRC). The Commission asked for police report on the matter. In their report on April 20, 2006, the police repeated their old line – Laxmi went on her own, and no crime was committed. The MPHRC was not convinced and a hearing was held in August 2006 at the Heera Nagar police station.
Raghuraj’s lawyer Hari Sharma said that police have presented a false report to the Commission and have nothing till date to search for Laxmi.
Raghuraj now hopes that the Commission will force police to take some action and he will get back his wife, but till then he is living only on hope.