NEW DELHI: A newly-wed journalist was in for a rude shock when his bride dumped him and ran off with her ‘husband’ – a neighbour from Panipat – just nine days after the marriage. What’s worse, the bride, Reena, did not leave alone. She stole Rs 6 lakh in cash and 33 tolas of gold that her in-laws had gifted her. Reena and her paramour were arrested from Jind, Haryana, on Sunday.
The incident was reported from the Bhajanpura area of northeast Delhi on November 15 last year. “Reena said that she was already married to a person called Vijay. Her brothers are involved in several incidents of extortion and theft in Panipat. After marriage, Vijay kept calling Reena to tell her that he cannot bear to be separated from her. Finally, Reena gave in and agreed to run away with Vijay,” said additional DCP (northeast) B K Singh. Cops are raiding several places in Haryana to recover the booty.
The groom’s family claims that he had received a threat on the day of the incident. was up against a gang which had roots in the Chambal ravines.
“On the night that Reena fled, one Vijay called me up from Panipat. He claimed to be a gangster and warned me that he would harm my family if I didn’t withdraw the case from Bhajanpura police station,” the groom said.
Investigations revealed that Reena had conned others too, in a similar fashion. Besides stealing, the gang extorts money from grooms by threatening to lodge false cases(498a and DV) of physical abuse against them.Because these gender biased laws protect criminal women and these laws are strongly supported by NCW/WCD and they do not allow them to change or make it gender neutral.
Heartbroken, but determined to take on the culprits, the journalist has approached Delhi Police and lodged another complaint of threat. Cops are on the lookout for Reena’s brothers who claimed to be government officers. “We have contacted Haryana Police for help. We are also analyzing call details and the video footage of the marriage ceremony to nab the other accused,” the officer said.