An army soldier allegedly beat up his bride-to-be at the wedding venue in Gwalior, minutes before they were to marry, after her family refused his demand for more dowry, police said on Sunday.
According to the bride-to-be, Shilpi Shivhare, the solider, Sumit Shivhare, and his family suddenly demanded Rs 2 lakh for a Royal Enfield motorcycle and an air-conditioner. She called off the wedding after ruckus at the venue and lodged a complaint with the police, alleging that Sumit and his family also assaulted her mother and fired gunshots to intimidate them.
In her complaint, Shilpi said her father gave Sumit’s family Rs 11 lakh during their engagement a few days ago.
She alleged that Sumit and his family members vanished from the wedding venue with cash and gifts after her father alerted the police. On her complaint, police registered an FIR against the soldier and two others under legal sections related to dowry harassment and voluntarily causing hurt. At the time of the copy being published, police were yet to arrest anyone in the case.
Police said Sumit and his family members were yet to reach out to them.
Inspector Amit Singh Bhadoriya of Gola ka Mandir police station, where the FIR was registered, said, “We are trying to arrest the accused and are gathering CCTV footage and scanning videos made by eyewitnesses.”
Hindustan Times : 14 May 2018 : Page 7