The highly-publicised Tara Shahdeo controversy has triggered a sudden spurt in complaints from both men and women accusing their spouses of deceit in marriage.
Most of these complaints, lodged with police or the state commission for women, are related to allegations about fabricated information on religion, caste, education background, socio-economic or marital status.
Last month, champion shooter Tara Shahdeo kicked off a controversy – as well as a debate over inter-community marriages – by accusing her husband Ranjit Singh Kohli of duping her into marriage through false claims about his religion.
She also claimed that her husband – who had a Muslim name Raqibul Hasan -- even tortured her to convert to Islam.
Sources said that ever since the Tara Shahdeo case surfaced, at least 50 similar cases have been lodged with the state women commission and various police stations across the state.
Sources in the police headquarters pointed out that the figure was in sharp contrast to around 60 cases lodged across the state in the last one year.
The latest case was reported on Wednesday from Lohardaga where an FIR was lodged against one person for duping a tribal girl into marriage.
According to the FIR, family-members of the girl said that a youth entered into wedlock by claiming that he was a tribal but was later identified as a Muslim.
SWC chairperson Mahua Manjhi also confirmed that the number of such cases have increased. “We have received several complaints regarding fabrication of information. We are looking into the cases seriously.”
She stated that in maximum of the complaints, the victims informed the commission that their husbands and in-laws fabricated the socio-economic status of the family, education qualification and job status of the bride or groom.
Another official of the state commission told HT that in around five cases the victims also complained that their partners hid their marital status.
The SWC and police stations have received around 25 complaints of fabrication regarding job, around 15 incidents were the victim was not informed about their partners’ marital status, around 10 cases in connection to socio-economic status and around 10 cases over education status.
One Amit Kumar, a resident of Ratu Road, lodged a complaint with the Ranchi women police station stating that though his in-laws informed him his would-be wife was a post-graduate but soon after marriage he learnt that she was an illiterate.
In several cases, dowry played a major part in fabrication of facts.
According to officials of Ranchi women police station, in the last fifteen days they have received 15 complaints where victims have alleged that in-laws “over-hyped” the job-status of grooms to claim hefty dowry amounts.
Mahua Manjhi also pointed out that “fabrication of facts is common in love marriages.”