MUMBAI: The Bombay high court on Friday suggested that a 22-year-old Mumbai girl, who has filed a case against her estranged NRI husband alleging cruelty and torture, file for divorce rather than seek a police probe because of technical difficulties.
“Why do you want to run after a dead marriage? You are keeping the courts and the police machinery busy. At the end of the day, what are you going to achieve,’’ asked Justice B H Marlapalle. A division bench of Justice Marlapalle and Justice Anoop V Mohta is hearing a petition filed by Borivli-resident Maya Bhatnagar (name changed).
Maya, who married London-based Paresh Bhatnagar (name changed) on March 27, 2008. “My parents spent a lot on my wedding and ensured that all the demands made by Paresh’s family were met,” Maya has claimed.
Maya’s family was shocked when they realised that Paresh, who was scheduled to return to London, had not booked tickets for his wife. Maya has alleged that she had to book her tickets using her own “sources”. However, her travails did not end there. When she arrived in London in June-July 2008, neither Paresh nor his family welcomed her. “From October 2008, I was frequently subjected to mental and physical cruelty by Paresh and his family,” Maya has alleged. “On December 11, 2008, Paresh drove me out of the house and sent me back to India,” Maya has claimed in her petition.
Subsequently, Maya filed a complaint against Paresh at the Borivli police station in March 2009, following which the cops sent a notice to the Scotland police. When Maya received no response, she filed a case under Section 498A for dowry harassment and an FIR was registered. However, Maya alleged that no step was taken by the police. “The police can’t force him to come,” said Justice Marlapalle.
Maya’s lawyer said Paresh has initiated divorce proceedings in London and she is unable to go there due to financial reasons. “They’ll decide the case ex parte then. This is a case of marital dispute,” said Justice Marlapalle.