Jaipur-based business management graduate of Suman Rathore (name changed) found her dream man on a matrimony website.
Relying on online matrimonial site instead of traditional family pundit, the twenty-nine-year-old MBA, who was then pursuing a doctorate degree, believed she had found mister perfect in Naresh Singh Shekhawat, (name changed) in November 2013.
Shekhawat, 32, in his online profile had claimed he was a chartered accountant. The Rathores never bothered to verify the claims of the prospective groom who hailed from Hanumangarh and the marriage was solmenised soon.
Things turned upside down when Suman learnt within two days of her marriage that her groom was not CA and that her in-laws started demanding for dowry from her father.
When demands for dowry rose the Rathores approached the police but to no avail. They approached a court and through a court order, an FIR under section 498A (dowry), 420 (fraud) and other sections of the IPC was filed against five persons of the Shekhawat family.
Police failed to take action under the IT Act as fraud was committed through matrimonial site. Police are still investigating the matter.
In another case, a lecturer in a local college uploaded his profile on a leading matrimonial site in 2012. Within days, he received an email from a Nigerian national, who said that her parents had left her a fortune, which she wanted to invest in India.
The two started exchanging emails and soon the woman asked him to deposit `1 lakh as fee for transferring the money left by her parents so that she could come to India and marry him.
The gullible lecturer deposited the money. He never heard from the woman after that.The victim lodged a complaint at Jaipur cyber crime cell but nothing came out of the case as the woman was from Nigeria and the police took no pains to follow the matter.
“We often receive complaints of frauds through online matrimonial sites,” said deputy superintendent of police Rajendra Sharma, in charge of cyber crime police station. “Most of complaints are sent through emails but victims do not turn out to follow the matter,” he said, adding that the number of such complaints is increasing every year.
Mukesh Choudhary, a cyber expert who assists the police in cyber cases, said there is lack of expertise in dealing with such cases.
“Those uploading profiles on such sites should ensure that site provides them privacy. The clients should also verify all facts about the other party before proceeding ahead,” said Choudhary. Clients should verify information on their own before finalising marriage, said MS Rathore, the owner of Jog Sanjog— a local matrimonial website