Indian woman arrested for dowry extortion
September 21, 2017 1 comment
A 37 year-old homeopath from the central Indian city of Hyderabad has been arrested on charges of filing a false dowry harassment claim against her husband.
Dowry is the payment of goods or money by the bride’s family to the husband or his family. It is a traditional practice in India but has been illegal since as long ago as 1961 under the Dowry Prohibition Act, due to the tremendous financial strain it can place on brides’ families. But it still occurs and accusations of ‘dowry harassment’:- putting wives’ families under pressure to pay – are routine.
The homeopath’s husband was released on bail three days after his arrest.
When he then did some digging into her background, he discovered that she had been married twice before and had made allegations of dowry harassment against both her previous husbands. In both instances she received substantial financial settlements in lieu of pursuing the cases, including in the first instance, a quantity of gold bullion.
On a third occasion she had an affair and then accused her paramour of ‘outraging her modesty’, demanding financial compensation. He paid up.
Her hapless third husband presented his evidence to the Police and she was duly arrested and charged with fraud.
Photo of Hyderabad by La Priz via Flickr under a Creative Commons licence
September 21, 2017