When Navneet married Mamta in 2011, he never imagined that his life would turn into a living hell and he would end up a psychotic wreck.
Navneet’s life took a sordid turn soon after the wedding, when his wife separated him from his parents and the couple moved to Kuchod, Mamta’s ancestral village in Neemuch district.
Mamta started harassing her husband with the help of her brother Gopal Nagda, a policeman posted in Mandsaur police control room.
Later, the duo allegedly forced Navneet into the sex trade by pressuring him to work as a pimp on the Mandsaur-Neemuch highway for women of the nomadic Banchra community.
The girls and women of the Banchra community traditionally work as sex workers. “When Navneet resisted, he was thrashed by the brother-sister duo, who sedated him and confined him indoors,” said advocate Krishna Kumar Kunhare, the counsel for the man.
The duo gave Navneet pills that put him to sleep for hours on end and took a toll on his mental health, Kunhare added.
Navneet finally fled the village and reached Indore. He narrated his horror story to his parents and approached police, but no one heeded his pleas.
“Mamta and Gopal threatened Navneet and his family with dire consequences on several occasions,” said advocate Kashu Mahant, another counsel for the man. The pills turned Navneet into a psychotic wreck, Kunhare said. The mere thought of his wife and brother-in-law makes him hallucinate, he added.
Navneet’s mother Pooja then approached the women and child development department and narrated her concerns. Officials conducted an investigation and submitted their findings to the district court on Monday.
Judicial magistrate Rekha R Chandravanshi ordered police to register a complaint against Mamta and her brother.