The state of Punjab can easily qualify for maximum number of NRI marriage frauds that take place. It is a common practice for both men and women to undertake a ‘fake’ marriage to an NRI prospect in search of greener pastures in western countries. However, several cases have been reported where men have been lured into marriage with NRI women and in the bargain, end up losing their hard earned money.
In one such case, a youth hailing from Dhudike village in Moga district has been cheated by a Canada-based NRI woman of Rs 24.11 lakh (USD 35,000 approx) on the pretext of marriage and helping him get a work permit.
Mahinder Kaur, mother of victim Kamaldeep Singh, fell prey to a ‘sham’ marriage. In her statement, she alleged that Pawandeep Kaur, presently settled in Canada, solemnised marriage with her son last year.
Pawandeep originally hails from Kaonke Khosa Khurd village of Jagraon subdivision in Ludhiana district. She came to India to solemnise the marriage with Kamaldeep and also lived in his house for a month before going back to Canada.
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After the marriage, she and her parents allegedly took Rs 24.11 lakh from Kamaldeep and his parents on various occasions to arrange a sponsorship for him. He went to Canada and lived with his wife for a couple of months, but later, she threw him out of her house and also complained to the Canadian police.
A criminal case under Sections 420 and 120B of the IPC has been registered against Pawandeep Kaur and her father Ranjit Singh at the Ajitwal police station. The police raided the house of Ranjit Singh, however, he is absconding.
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