Meham khap leader booked on dowry harassment charge

  • Sat Singh, Hindustan Times, Rohtak
  • Updated: May 12, 2014 00:37 IST

Tulsi Das Grewal, the self-styled head of notorious Meham khap, has been booked by Bhiwani police on Sunday for dowry harassment and inflicting cruelty on his psychologist wife.

Ramesh Kumar, deputy superintendent of police, Dadri, told HT that based on findings of women cell of Rohtak and Bhiwani police, a case under 498A (cruelty), 406 (criminal breach of trust), 506 (criminal intimidation) sections of Indian Penal Code (IPC) was registered against the accused.
According to reports, the couple has marital discord for long. Poonam Grewal, who is a doctor, in her complaint to police said that she was married on February 22 in 2005 to Meham Chaubhishi khap leader Tulsi Grewal.

According to the victim, her father had given dowry gifts according to his financial status, but her in-laws started harassing her on one pretext or the other, demanding car and cash, but her father showed his inability owing to his poor financial health.
Later, when a male child was born in 2006, her in-laws demanded gold from her parents.

The victim alleged that when her parents could not fill their demands, she was subjected to spend time in loneliness and was given sedatives laced with medicines to torture her.

In her complaint, the victim further alleged that she was made to abort foetus when she got pregnant in 2013. Later, the victim said that she was sent to her father’s house with her eight-year-old son. When this correspondent contacted Tusli Dass Grewal on phone, he admitted of marital discord with his wife, but refused to having any knowledge of the FIR registered against him. The developments are in a way setback to the efforts of the khap leaders who were recently up in arms against female foeticide and crime against women.

A workshop on curbing honour killing and crime against women was held in January this year at the historical stage of Meham Chaubishi headed by khap pardan Tulsi Grewal.

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