A 37-year-old woman filed a complaint under the Domestic Violence Act in the Dadar Metropolitan magistrate’s court alleging that her husband married another woman without divorcing her.
She also said that her father- in-law and mother-in law used to physically and mentally torturing her.
According to Farida Hameed’s complaint (name changed), her husband Mohammed (name changed), a transporter, concealed the fact that he was married and even introduced his four kids to her saying that they were his deceased brother’s children.
“I also came to know that Mohammed had married another woman without my consent and without giving me maintenance,” said Farida.
“The court has taken cognisance of the complaint and issued process against Mohammed, his father and mother,” said G.H. Khan, Farida’s lawyer. Farida married Mohammed, a resident of Wadala, on August 24, 2008.
After her mother-in-law, Noor Jahan, told her that Mohammed was already married, she protested.
Her mother-in-law told her that Mohammed had married her only to take care of the children.
“You have to look after (the children) as a ayah,” said Noor Jahan to Farida according to latter’s complaint.
Farida alleged that since she protested, she was harassed.
She said her in-laws used to complain to Mohammed about her and he would beat her up. Sometimes she wasn’t given anything to eat.
Mohammed used to lock her in a room before going to his office. Mohammed and his parents stated making demands for a car, the complaint states. In 2008 when Farida was ill, her sisters took her home.
“After I recovered from my illness, when my parents approached Mohammed and requested him to take me back. He and his parents refused till my parents bought a car for them,” alleged Farida, who now stays with her parents at Sewri.
In her complaint Farida, has sought compensation and a house from Mohammed.
No one from Mohammad’s family or he was available for comments. The court has directed Mohammad to file reply on August.
(All names have been changed to protect identity)