If we have to end the week with anything positive, its this piece of news! A Delhi court has ordered an FIR against a woman who used her partner financially on false promise of marriage. The court noted,
No doubt a person can change their mind after agreeing to marry, but when a promise of marriage is made with the sole intention of deceit, it is cheating.
An FIR has been ordered in the matter not just against the con woman, but also her parents.
The complainant is an owner of various businesses in India and abroad. He got acquainted with the woman last year in October 2019 and the couple went for several international trips, since the woman promised him marriage. Later, the woman also insisted that he transfer his businesses on her name.
The accused woman and her parents also induced the businessman to spend lakhs of rupees for shopping before marriage. According to the accuser, he was made to spend huge amount on expensive gifts, fancy articles and various luxury brands for the woman. Not just this, the parents of the woman also raised monetary demands, if he wished to marry their daughter. The man, smitten by her love, transferred Rs 14 Lakh to the woman and her parents between February and April this year.
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The man also claimed that the couple got engaged in Turkey while he kept splurging on expensive gifts and shopping. However, shockingly the woman later stopped responding to his calls and also blocked his number.
The twist in the story came when the man uploaded their engagement pictures on social media, and the woman herself filed a police complaint against the same. The businessman’s complaint of fraud to the police was a counter to this complaint by the woman. The accused woman said that she has spent his money with his permission and thus no cognisable offence could be registered against her.
The man’s lawyer argued that his client was a 40-year-old man who knew what he was doing and certainly “not a fool”. It is only when the woman promised him marriage, he agreed to every demand made by his partner. The lawyer said,
The woman retaining all the property, gifts, money and other items had shown offences of criminal breach of trust, cheating, criminal intimidation and criminal conspiracy on her part.
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The police, however, believed that the man had willingly made the transfer and all the expenses, but the court took a different view. Metropolitan Magistrate Aakash Sharma stated,
It is prima facie apparent that the accused woman had obtained expensive articles, business/property/money on the promise of marriage and continued to retain them without the fulfilment of marriage.
The court further said that the bills and invoices put on record by the man indeed required detailed investigation by the police. The court has found enough evidences and substantial material to prima facie show cognisable offences.
Thus, the court directed the police to register an FIR pertaining to the allegations of the complainant and investigate the matter in detail, fairly and impartially invoking the provisions of the law.
We, as a portal, always believe that no one should be forced into marriage – be it a man or a woman. However, as rightly pointed out by the court in this case, one cannot take advantage of the other, use him financially and then back out from the alliance. This FIR seems rare but an absolute just one!