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Couple to be taken to temple where they got ‘married’

mumbai Updated: Jun 01, 2010 01:38 IST
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The Powai police will be taking the Jet Airways pilot Varun Agrawal (27) and air-hostess Shobha Pathak (name changed) to the temple in Andheri (East), where they allegedly married, as claimed by the Pathak.

Pathak, on Friday alleged to the Powai police that Agrawal had raped her on several occasions for a period of over two years.

She also alleged that they got married in an Andheri temple, though the police have not as yet found their union to be legal.

“We will be taking them to the temple as part of our investigation,” said Senior Police Inspector Ashok Jadhav of the Powai police station.

Agrawal, who is in police custody, has denied marrying Pathak.

An officer from the Powai police station said, at times Agrawal has denied of even knowing Pathak.

The police official involved with the investigation of the case said the couple will be taken to meet the temple priest to ascertain whether the rituals had taken place or not.

Police sources said it will be difficult to establish that a marriage, albeit an invalid one had taken place between them at the temple, as the complainant has no proof of it and she does not even remember the date of marriage.

The police records claim that the couple first met in 2007, as they both worked in the same airline. They began sharing the same flat.

The police said that both of them even informed their respective families about each other.

The accused’ father was however against their marriage as he was reportedly apprehensive of loosing out on a large dowry which his son could have got by marrying someone else in his community, the police officials said.

The officials said that Agrawal was influenced by his father and therefore decided to break his relationship with Pathak.