Pune: A magistrate court ordered a business analyst with a Canadian bank, who also acted as Peer Baba in Kolkata, to pay Rs 35,000 per month towards maintenance and accommodation, besides Rs 2.5 lakh compensation to his dentist wife. The court also ordered him not to commit domestic violence against her.
The 28-year-old complainant from Pune married the 33-year-old man from Mumbai in 2011 after meeting him on a matrimonial website. “I was studying BDS then. My mother gave Rs one lakh dowry. My father spent Rs five lakh on the marriage. They gifted gold ornaments of 15 tolas to me, which are in the custody of my husband and mother-in-law. My in-laws compelled me to give 20 expensive dresses and 20 sarees of Rs 50,000 to their relatives. Yet, my mother-in-law said they had not received sufficient gifts,” the woman's complaint reads.
She said that after marriage, the couple went to Kolkata, where her husband was Peer Baba and she was treated as a goddess. After 4-5 days they returned to Mumbai.
Her husband went to Canada but her visa was rejected, forcing her to stay with her in-laws in Mumbai.
“My husband asked me to join the clinical practice as it will help in getting the visa. After joining clinical practice, my mother-in-law continued to torture me for flimsy reasons. I was compelled to do all household work. They started demanding Rs five lakh contribution for buying a flat in Vashi and threatened to tarnish my character if the money was not given. My husband threatened me via emails and phone call,” she narrated her ordeal in court.
In September 2013, she lodged an FIR with Pune police against her husband and in-laws for harassment (498A), cheating and criminal breach of trust. Her in-laws lodged non-cognisable (NC) offence with Mumbai police.
Husband denies charges
“She was more possessive and affectionate towards her near relatives and preferred to stay with them in Pune. She failed to perform her matrimonial duties," the husband stated in his reply.
"She showed a strong obsessive, compulsive and violent behaviour towards me and my family members and continuously asked them to move to Pune to live with her parents. Due to the ongoing threats, harassment and mental torture, we lodged NC case in September 2013. The complainant requires mental treatment from a psychiatric for her mental problems," he added.
Judicial Magistrate (First Class) Smita Gharge observed that the man did not file his income tax or bank statement and continued to hide his actual income. “He got citizenship for himself and did not make efforts for getting a visa for her. This shows he was least bothered to keep the complainant in his companionship," the magistrate observed in her judgement.
Complainant seeks maintenance
- She moved the court under the Domestic Violence Act and demanded maintenance as she does not practise now.
- Her husband earned Rs four lakh per month from the Canadian bank beside Rs two lakh per month from translation firm.
- She claimed her husband earned Rs 10-15 lakh as Peer Baba in Kolkata, as devotees gave valuable gifts.
The woman's husband denied that his income was as shown by his wife. He alleged that she has lost her mental balance.
- He was interested in making his career and future abroad.
- Not allowing wife to stay with husband without any reasonable cause amounts to emotional abuse.
- He has not placed on record any document to show the complainant is working as dental surgeon and earning.