For 29-year-old Sunil Parkar, the married life lasted one day — his wife was taken away by her father the day after their wedding in November 2009.
Parkar and Tara (name changed) married after eight years of seeing each other.
“We were married on November 9, and I brought her to my house at Virar,” said Parkar, adding that the next day, Tara’s father, Anupam (name changed) came to the house, claimed her mother had had a heart attack and wished to see her immediately.
“On hearing this, I asked Tara to go and visit her mother immediately,” Parkar said.
“Tara’s father told me he would bring her back by that evening,” said Parkar, who works as a store assistant with a private firm in Mumbai.
“However, when she did not come home till late in the evening, we went to Anupam’s house at Saki Naka, but the family abused and threatened me, and did not allow me to meet Tara,” Parkar added.
Parkar also claimed the police refused to register a case, saying it was entirely a civil dispute.
“They say I gave her something laced with sedatives and made her sign the marriage certificate, but why would I do that?” asked Parkar.
“Many of her relatives knew about our affair, including Tara’s cousin.”
“I also have a marriage certificate that shows that our marriage is very much legal,” said Parkar, adding that while he has not spoken to her in two months, he is sure she is still at the Saki Naka house.
“Her father is pressuring her to file for divorce,” he claimed.
Parkar has moved the Vasai sessions court and filed a private complaint accusing Anupam of kidnapping, wrongful confinement and threatening with dire consequences.
Anupam’s lawyer, S S Gandhi, said Tara had not been in her senses when she signed the marriage register.
“When Tara was on her way home one day, Parkar took her to the court and forcefully married her,” Gandhi claimed, adding that Tara has filed a private complaint of cheating with the Andheri Metropolitan magistrate’s court.