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Gurgaon: Techie arrested in dowry case had duped another earlier

Complainant Rajesh Kumar, Priyanka’s uncle, said they were told to marry off the woman to another man in the family if Lamba’s demand for a car and Rs 5 lakh could not be met.

gurgaon Updated: Feb 25, 2017 18:01 IST
Rashpal Singh
Rashpal Singh
Hindustan Times
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Pradeep Lamba at one of the functions held before his marriage to Priyanka (name changed)

A 27-year-old BTech graduate, a senior software engineer in a private firm in Gurgaon, arrested by the Rewari police on Thursday for demanding dowry and not turning up on marriage day, has been accused of resorting to a similar act earlier too.

The family of bride Priyanka (name changed), 23, has alleged that about one-and-a-half years ago, the accused Pradeep Lamba had refused to marry a woman just before the marriage day as her family failed to offer the expected dowry. Later, the matter was settled by marrying the woman off to another man in the Lamba family. This had happened when talks of marriage with Priyanka were on.

Gurgaon: Groom misses wedding, but held for dowry

Complainant Rajesh Kumar, Priyanka’s uncle, said they were told to marry off the woman to another man in the family if Lamba’s demand for a car and Rs 5 lakh could not be met.

The bride’s family said some of the material that they gifted to Pradeep Lamba, such as household goods, have been returned, but they are yet to get back the jewellery.

“His father, a sub-inspector in the Border Security Force, told us that his son earned Rs 1 lakh a month and the dowry being offered was not as per his family’s status. When we pressed for a police case, a mediator named Naresh Mundia offered that another man in their family, who failed matriculation, could marry her,” he said.

Priyanka, pursuing her final year of postgraduation in chemistry, said she wanted to pursue masters in botany but had to opt for chemistry as Lamba and his family pushed for it. “They wanted me to become lecturer and said that there was a huge scope in chemistry. I was selected for admission in botany but they admitted me to a private institution in Mahendergarh to study chemistry,” she told HT.

The duo was engaged in June 2011 and marriage was fixed in February 2016, but Pradeep deferred it claiming that he was going abroad for a job. He once again deferred the marriage on the pretext that his sister was pregnant and she could not attend the function.

Priyanka said she was saved as a marriage to such a “greedy family” would have meant disaster for her and her family. “My father, a farmer, had arranged money for jewellery and other material gifted on February 13, two days before the wedding day. We have got back some items but the jewellery has still not been returned,” she said.

Lamba is a resident of Khera Khurampur village, 25km from Gurgaon, while the bride’s family belongs to a village at Dharuhera, 42km from Gurgaon.

Satyapal Singh, deputy superintendent of police (Bawal), who investigated the case, said Lamba was sent to judicial custody on Friday. He said it was reported that a woman engaged to Lamba was married off to someone else in the family but the police are focusing on the present case.

Members of Lamba family were not available for comment.

Lamba, his father, mother and sister were booked under the Dowry Prohibition Act 1961, and relevant Sections of the IPC including 406 (criminal breach of trust), and 506 (criminal intimidation).

First Published: Feb 25, 2017 17:09 IST