Full circle: Girl dupes NRI groom to settle abroad
Tribune News Service
Ludhiana, May 23
Until now it was women who used to be duped by grooms residing abroad, abandoning them after getting married. However, in role reversal, a ‘desi’ (resident) girl has reportedly cheated her NRI husband and disowned him after getting permanent residency in Canada.
The Simlapuri police today booked Ranjit Kaur and her parents for cheating Deepinder Mann, an Indian computer engineer living in Bramption, Ontario for the purpose of settling abroad.
The girl’s alleged deceit has shattered Deepinder’s hopes to make a fresh start in life. Narrating the sordid tale, the engineer, who was earlier divorced in 2004, said what he used to consider conjugal bliss turned out to be a disaster for him.
“My uncle Avtar Singh and his wife Balwinder Kaur arranged the match with Ranjit in August 2008. As the girl was a distant relation my parents agreed to the marriage,” said Deepinder.
During their courtship both he and Ranjit used to talk to each other on the phone frequently.
“In the meantime, on November 10, 2008, I received an email from a man named Aman who said he was in love with Ranjit. When I brought the matter to the latter’s notice she bluntly denied have any relationship with a man of that name,” he said.
Deepinder landed in India on the first week of January and on January 17 the couple got married. But soon after the wedding the bride refused to share a room with the groom on the pretext that “NRI men abandon their newlywed wives”. She told Deepinder she would start staying with him only after the latter would call him to Canada.
Deepinder alleged that soon after arriving in Canada in September Ranjit received permanent residency. “She then began showing her true colours. Her attitude changed and she was rude on me. Even my uncle and aunty tried to persuade her to mend her ways and took her to their house. After staying there for few days she returned to India without even informing me,” lamented Deepinder, adding since then Ranjit’s family members broke all ties with him.
“Now it became clear I was being duped. I filed a complaint against Ranjit in the Canadian high commission in New Delhi. Subsequently I flew to India and filed a case against Ranjit and her family members in a local court for committing fraud,” said Deepinder.
Interestingly, his case was referred to the women’s dispute redressal cell run by the police. However, she did not appear for the hearing even after being summoned thrice by the cell.
Following a thorough probe, the Simlapuri police later booked Ranjit and her parents on charges of cheating. However, the rest of the suspects in the case have not been arrested as yet.
It is now learnt Ranjit left India five months ago and was spotted in Toronto.
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