Duped of Rs 15 lakh in the name of marri
Nawanshahr, December 27
The cases of fraudulent marriages by NRIs are commonly available in the Doaba belt of Punjab. In most of the cases, girls are victims of such marriages. But a case of fraud has come to light here, in which an NRI girl has allegedly duped a youth of Rs 15 lakh on the pretext of solemnising marriage with him.
Balwinder Singh, son of Gurdev Singh of Dhagangarh village in Hoshiarpur, told mediapersons here today that accused NRI Sandip Kaur, daughter of Amrik Singh of Dadyal village in Hoshiarpur, of committing a fraud in the name of marriage with his brother Balbir Singh. Sandip Kaur had been living as a paying guest in the house of his sister Kamaljit Kaur in Canada.
Sandip Kaur had gone to Canada on the basis of “contract marriage” and after divorce, she discussed her marriage plans with his brother-in-law Manjit Singh. When she said that she wanted to get married in India, Manjit Singh proposed the name of his brother-in-law Balbir Singh, to which she readily agreed. She asked him to talk to her father at Dadyal village.
“On receiving a message from Manjit Singh from Canada, we went to Amrik Singh to settle the marriage,” Balwinder Singh said, adding that after a few days Amrik Singh demanded Rs 20 lakh on the pretext that Sandip had to pay some taxes in Canada and get immigration papers for Balbir Singh. The deal was finalised at Rs 15 lakh which was given to him on January 6, 2008, at Baradari Garden, Nawanshahr, said Balwinder Singh.
The “shagun” ceremony was performed on January 30 at Gulpur and February 1 at Dhagangarh village. It was decided that the marriage would be solemnised during Christmas holidays this year.“But on December 8, Amrik Singh refused to solemnise the marriage of his daughter. He also refused to return the money,” Balwinder Singh added. He has filed a complaint with the SSP here demanding immediate action against the errant persons, he said.