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Gurgaon: Groom misses wedding, but held for dowry

The groom was arrested as he refused to turn up at his wedding as his dowry demands were not met

gurgaon Updated: Feb 24, 2017 11:19 IST
Rashpal Singh
Rashpal Singh
Hindustan Times
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The groom allegedly demanded a car worth Rs5 to 7 lakh apart from Rs5 lakh in cash.(Representative Photo/HT)

A 27-year-old BTech graduate, employed in a private firm in Gurgaon, has landed in the police net for not turning up on the day of his wedding with a science post graduate.

The groom Pradeep, 27, resident of Khera Khurrampur village, 25 km from Gurgaon, along with his family members, were booked for dowry harassment, criminal breach of trust, and criminal intimidation.

According to the police, Pradeep’s marriage was fixed two years ago with 23-year-old Priyanka (name changed), resident of a village in Dharuhera, 42 km from Gurgaon, in Rewari district.

On February 13, the bride’s family had conducted some pre-marriage rituals at the groom’s residence and the wedding was fixed for February 15.

The bride’s uncle Rajesh alleged that after the rituals, the groom’s family members said that Pradeep was not happy with the marriage.

“They said that he (Pradeep) is demanding a car worth Rs5-7 lakh and Rs5 lakh cash. We pleaded with them that it was beyond our capacity and they agreed to persuade the groom. We made all preparations for the wedding, but on the fixed date the groom’s family claimed that he refused to get married and he has gone missing,” Rajesh mentioned in the police complaint.

He said the bride’s family gifted costly jewellery, beds, LED, scooter, clothes and utensils on February 13 and made preparations for a baraat (wedding procession) of around 600 people on February 15.

Rajesh claimed that both families met at Farrukhnagar police station but the groom’s family refused to budge from its stand. “Outside the police station, they also threatened us with dire consequences,” he claimed in the police complaint.

“We have arrested Pradeep and he is on a one-day police remand. Action will be taken against other accused also after investigation,” said inspector Satender Singh, SHO, Dharuhera police station.

Pradeep, his father, mother, and sister were booked under the Dowry Prohibition act 1961, and relevant sections of the Indian Penal Code, including 406 (criminal breach of trust), and 506 (criminal intimidation).

First Published: Feb 24, 2017 00:03 IST