Groom among 5 held for dowry ha­rass­ment

Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - HT Navi Mumbai Live - - NAVI MUMBAI - Pranab Jy­oti Bhuyan pranab. bhuyan@ hin­dus­tan­times. com

NAVI MUM­BAI: The Ra­bale po­lice ar­rested five per­sons for al­legedly de­mand­ing dowry and at­tack­ing rel­a­tives of t he bride’s fam­ily at a wed­ding on Fri­day night.

The bride­groom, who is a se­cu­rity of­fi­cial at a pri­vate firm in Worli, and his father are among those ar­rested.

Ac­cord­ing to the po­lice, the wed­ding was ar­ranged by two fam­i­lies from Ut­tar Pradesh at a com­mu­nity hall at Sec­tor 1 in Airoli.

When the rituals were go­ing around 11.30pm, t he bride­groom, Sheilesh Gupta, 24, and his father Dayanand, 58, asked for Rs1 lakh dowry from the bride’s fam­ily. They also threat­ened call off the wed­ding if the cash was not paid on the spot.

“The ac­cused had al­ready taken Rs2 lakh dowry just a few days be­fore the wed­ding. So when they asked for an­other Rs1 lakh, it came as a shock for the bride’s fam­ily. They said they would not be able to give the cash and re­quested not to call off the wed­ding,” said R Katkar, se­nior po­lice in­spec­tor of Ra­bale po­lice sta­tion.

“This en­raged the groom and their rel­a­tives and they started abus­ing the bride’s fam­ily at the wed­ding hall. When the girl’s un­cle asked them to calm down, they as­saulted him. He suf­fered in­juries to his head and was ad­mit­ted to a hos­pi­tal,” he said.

The bride’s fam­ily called off the wed­ding and ap­proached the po­lice. “We ar­rested the bride­groom, his f ather and three of their rel­a­tives. They have been booked for at­tempt to mur­der and dowry ha­rass­ment. They are now in our cus­tody,” Katkar said.

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