Bhi­wandi woman’s fam­ily calls cops after her fi­ancé de­mands dowry

Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - - FRONT PAGE - Arvind Walmiki

The fam­ily of a 26-yearold woman asked the Bhi­wandi po­lice to lodge a com­plaint against her fi­ancé on Fri­day after he al­legedly de­manded Rs1 lakh as dowry and called off the mar­riage after she re­fused to pay.

Po­lice said the cou­ple got en­gaged a month ago and were to be mar­ried on April 30.

The woman’s fam­ily said the fi­ancé , Im­ran Shaikh, 28, works at a pri­vate firm. “Shaikh is a di­vorcee. He told the woman’s fam­ily that his ex-wife had asked him to pay Rs5 lakh and asked them to give him Rs1 lakh,” said an of­fi­cer.

“When the woman’s fam­ily said they could not ar­range for the money at such short no­tice, Shaikh called off the wed­ding. The woman’s fam­ily had paid the bill for the in­vi­ta­tion cards, the mar­riage hall and other ex­penses. The woman’s fa­ther planned to get his sec­ond daugh­ter mar­ried in the same hall,” he added.

Po­lice have booked Shaikh, but have not yet ar­rested him. They have sent him a no­tice, ask­ing him to come to the po­lice sta­tion and record a state­ment.

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