The concept of Looteri Dulhan or con bride was highlighted in 2015 Bollywood release Dolly Ki Doli. Several such cases are getting reported, especially in regional media almost on a weekly basis. Stories of brides getting married, following all rituals and disappearing from home within 15-days has become a common phenomenon. One such case has been reported from Madhya Pradesh.
Few women and other members of the group trapped around a dozen of eligible grooms and their families in Bhopal. The members of the group would trick the men and their parents, acting like the bride’s family members. They would then get the woman married successfully into those homes, and within few days, the bride would make some excuse and leave the house, stating she is going to visit her ‘fake’ family in Bhopal.
After the woman would leave, every member of the gang would switch off their mobile phones. However, before doing so, they would ensure to grab all cash and jewelry from the boy’s home. Despite so many men getting trapped by this gang, no family came forward to file a case against them, to safeguard their reputation in society.
Crime Branch ASP Gopal Singh Dhakad told media that the women and their gang had a fixed place in Bhopal where they would meet and plan the sequence of events. The other members of the group also happened to live in the same city at their respective residences. They would call the prospects to meet the women on account of knowing each other and getting married.
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On August 7, the Crime Branch arrested three women and eight other members of the gang on the basis of their photographs on fake Aadhar and voter ID documents. Due to the documents being fake, the families of men could never trace them back.
Members of the fraudulent group have been identified as, Tejulal and Dinesh Kumar Pandey, Virendra Dhakad, Salman Khan, Vikram, Pooja alias Ria, Seema Patidar, and Reena alias Sultana.
The three women caught would change their names and marry multiple men. Investigation revealed that the women would receive Rs 30,000 for each fake marriage. According to officials, one Dinesh Kumar has been identified as the mastermind behind the plan.
Grooms Who Were Conned
Hoshangabad resident Jagdish Meena is one of the victims, who married Pooja alias Ria, Maya. They were told that the girl hailed from Baitul in Madhya Pradesh. After nearly 15-days into marriage, the other gang members, who claimed to be the relatives of the bride, reached Jagdish’s place and took her to Bhopal. While the man was waiting for his wife to return, they had already grabbed Rs 60,000 from him by then.
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Next victim in the case was Rajgad based Premsingh Rajput, who married Seema Patidar. She too married Premsingh and left her matrimonial home within few days on pretext of meeting her fake family. Later, the gang switched off their mobile phones, but had already collected Rs 90,000 from Rajput by then.
A third incident came to light, where Shajapur resident Meherban Singh Bhilala married Jyoti Jaiswal. After a few days, she started convincing her husband to let her visit the maternal home. He sent her to Bhopal, and she never came again. The gang had managed to defraud Meherban for Rs 80,000 by now.
Kalapipal resident Kanta Prasad Nath met Pooja alias Ria at Anand Nagar intersection and liked her at once. He later also gave her Rs 80,000. The duo got married, and soon their leader Pandey called Ria to Bhopal citing sister’s illness as an excuse. When Kanta Prasad contacted the family, he was told that his wife was married off to someone else.
- While there are no written guidelines on how to identify the right match, it is always advisable to do some background check before tying the knot
- It is also critical for a couple to spend some time (at least six months) to understand each other well
- Again, there have been cases where couples have dated for 5 years and divorced within a year of marriage
- However, the time spent together before tying the knot, will allow men to get some understanding of whether the woman is genuine or someone only with ulterior motives
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