Brothers left in lurch as rape case silences wedding bells in Chd

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Chandigarh
  • Updated: Nov 24, 2015 09:44 IST
Relatives of bride sisters talking to cops in Sector 24, Chandigarh, on Monday. (Ravi Kumar/HT Photo)

A high drama took place outside the Sector-24 police post when a family refused to solemnise marriage of their two daughters with two brothers after learning that the younger of the bridegroom brothers had been booked for raping a minor.

Sisters Renu and Pinki were to get married to Ravi and Ajay, respecively, on Monday and the brides’ family had made arrangements at the community centre in Sector 25. The family, however, decided against the marriage at the eleventh hour after getting to know that Pinki’s match Ajay had been booked in a rape case on Sunday. The brides’ family members and relatives came to the Sector-24 police post and sought refund of its expenditure from the grooms’ family for hiding the truth from them.

Interestingly, Ajay had gone underground since he was booked for rape on Sunday and his family wanted the brides’ family to go ahead with the wedding of Renu with Ravi.

Jasbir Kumar said they learnt on Monday that Ajay had been booked for raping a minor on the pretext of marriage, after which they decided to call off the ceremony. Kumar said the complainant girl had deliberately lodged the complaint against Ajay a day before his wedding to teach him a lesson.

Meanwhile, Sector-24 police post in-charge Harminder Singh said the brides’ family refused to solemnise the weddings and also wanted the grooms’ family to return the valuables exchanged between the families, besides refund of expenditure they had incurred on preparations. He said that no case had been registered as parleys were on between the families to settle the issue amicably.

He said Ajay Kumar was booked under Sections 376 of the IPC and 8 of the POCSO Act by the Sector-39 police on Sunday.

Brides’ father Dharampal alleged that on Sunday night the father of grooms made a demand for Rs 10 lakh and on Monday morning, we learnt that Ajay had been booked for rape.

Bala, mother of Ravi, said, “We were about to take the baraat to the wedding venue when we received a call from brides’ father who told us that they had decided against going ahead with the marriage.” She said since Ajay was missing since Sunday night, they requested the brides’ family to solemise the marriage of Ravi with Renu but they refused to do so. She denied having made any demand for dowry and claimed that they paid Rs 5 lakh to the family of brides.

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