The marriage had just been solemnised, music was playing, dancing was on, and the guests were making merry. Then, the police entered. By the night, the new husband and wife had already separated over an alleged dowry demand. Police had taken counter-complaints but registered no case.
It happened on Wednesday after the Samana-native Australian NRI groom and his family allegedly demanded Rs 2 crore as dowry just after his Anand Karaj — that is, the main wedding ritual — with the bride who belongs to Jawaddi near here.
The wedding function, held at a marriage palace on Pakhowal Road in Ludhiana, was being held a year after the engagement. But the dowry demand meant that the bride refused to go with the groom.
The police were called at the venue in the afternoon. A guest later said people were on the dance floor and were shocked to see the police. The guests intervened and tried to solve the matter amicably, but there was no compromise as the groom’s side claimed the allegation was false.
At this, assistant sub-inspector (ASI) Gurbakshish Singh took the groom and relatives from both sides to the sadar police station. The bride remained at the wedding venue.
There, the bride’s mother formally lodged a complaint of Rs 2-crore dowry demand, informed the station house officer (SHO), inspector Jatinderjeet Singh.
He added that efforts were made to settle the matter through a compromise but the bride’s family feared for her safety after marriage. The police — after hours of arguments — later asked both sides to return in the morning.
A man who identified himself as Bablu, a relative of the bride, alleged the police did not take action due to political pressure.
On the other hand, the groom’s family also lodged a complaint against the bride’s family about the family not allowing them to take the bride with them.