Army officer slaps dowry case on husband

PANCHKULA: An Army major posted at the Western Command, Chandimandir, has accused her husband, an officer of the same rank and posted in Jammu and Kashmir, of demanding dowry and treating her cruelly. Acting on the complaint of Maj Anshula, police on Wednesday registered a case against Maj Vivek Pandey, his father Raminder Prasad Pandey, mother Usha Pandey and brother Vikas Pandey under sections 498A (against husband or relative of husband for subjecting a woman to cruelty) and 406 (criminal breach of trust) of IPC.

Posted with EME (electric and mechanical engineers) branch, Maj Anshula reportedly brought things out in the open after counselling sessions by Western Command authorities failed to bring any respite. Chandimandir police station SHO Jangsher Singh confirmed that a case had been filed.

“The officer has alleged that ever since her marriage (at Community Bhawan in Sector 12, Panchkula, on November 23, 2005), her husband and in-laws have continued with their demand for money and often beat her up,” said another police officer, who asked not to be named.

Further charging the in-laws, hailing from Aligarh, with forcing her to transfer her mother’s house in Sector 12 in their names, the officer is said to have alleged in her complaint that Maj Pandey, currently at Durg Mulla in Kupwara, even coerced her to pay the monthly interest towards the flat he had purchased in Lucknow.

While the woman officer refused to comment when contacted, Panchkula SP Amitabh Dhillon said, “When the victim filed an application, I had marked it to DSP Varinder Singh who met the couple a few days ago with the intention of counselling them. However, the woman insisted on registration of a case and we have started an investigation.

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