A Jharkhand man’s joy knew no bounds when he spotted his runaway wife enjoying a meal with her new boyfriend last week, relieved that he could now prove to his in-laws that she had not been murdered by him for dowry.
For more than a week, Chandan Daruka, a 30-year-old resident of Old Dumka locality, had spent sleepless nights after his wife went missing and his in-laws filed a police complaint, accusing him of killing their daughter, Pinki Devi, for dowry.
The complaint, filed on September 8, sought the immediate arrest if Daruka and his parents for the ‘murder’ of Devi. The two had a ‘love marriage’ last year.
Police even launched an investigation but local police officer, Devbrat Poddar, said they had failed to recover Devi’s body.
While all of this went on, last Saturday Daruka suddenly spotted his 25-year-old wife with another man having a meal at a town restaurant. He immediately raised an alarm and his friends helped him detain his wife.
Her new boyfriend, however, managed to flee. The woman was promptly handed over to police.
Daruka, a native of Saray road, told police he was unaware that his wife had another man in her life. Devi was produced before a local court on Monday where she stated that she did ‘had fled her in-laws’ because she did not want to live with her husband.
The court ordered the police to send the woman to her father’s house.
Police said they would file another charge sheet before the court, possibly also holding the father of the woman for lodging a false case against Daruka.