Canada is one of the most desired destinations for people living in Punjab, India. However, some families go to any extent to make this dream come true.
Several such cases get reported very frequently, and thus men need to be aware and vigilant before tying the knot. Here’s one more case reported by Dainik Bhaskar where a woman was married off to a wealthy man from Punjab, however, things turned out to be very unpleasant for the husband and his family later.
According to police officials, a family from Jalandhar, Punjab hatched a conspiracy to get their daughter married to a rich man, who could later fund her studies in Canada.
After passing the mandatory IELTS exam, the woman proceeded to the foreign land on her husband’s funding, however, later refused to call him.
The woman, identified as Pratiksha, then accused her husband of being an alcoholic, so that she could get rid of him. However, once the local police received the complaint from husband’s side, the entire matter came to the fore.
The cops have registered a case of cheating against the woman and her parents.
Shahkot’s DSP informed media, that Balwinder Singh, a resident of Dashmesh Nagar, had got married to Pratiksha, a resident of Cheema road on July 13, 2019, at Nurmahal. This was an arranged marriage, which was fixed with the consent of both the parents of the individuals.
Balwinder wanted to study abroad, and Pratiksha too had passed the IELTS exam, also wanting to study further. However, according to the wife’s father, Naval Kishor, he could not afford to send his daughter abroad for studies due to his weak economical condition.
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The two families were introduced to each other by Balwinder’s sister, Jaspreet Kaur and brother-in-law Jasharat Singh, resident of Sohla Nurmahal. The couple’s children used to go for tuitions to Pratiksha, after which they got acquainted with her.
Pratiksha had told Jaspreet that she wanted to study abroad but was unable to do so because she did not have enough money. Later, Kaur introduced the woman to her parents and the marriage was fixed and also legally registered.
The wife also changed her name on the Aadhar card adding husband Balwinder’s name along on it. The man’s family made genuine efforts to send the woman to Canada, however, once she landed there, she stopped talking to her in-laws, and also did not respond to any calls from Balwinder.
According to Kishor, his daughter accused her husband of being an alcoholic. During police interrogation, the father of the woman alleged that his son-in-law was taking some pills. Further, he also alleged domestic violence on his daughter, after Balwinder would take those pills.
The father claimed that his son-in-law was a drug addict and that he would send life-threatening messages to Pratiksha. These messages were allegedly also shown to the Embassy to ensure that the husband is not permitted to visit her in Canada.
Police Rejected Allegations
The cops disbelieved the allegations made by Kishor stating that the claim of Balwinder being alcoholic or drug addict was not true. The father claimed that his daughter only became aware of her husband being an addict after she married to him.
However, the cops argued that even if the woman realised the behaviour of her husband after marriage, she should have separated from him and his family legally. On the contrary, she preferred to go to Canada on her husband and his family’s money.
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The police has also cited this to be a pre-planned strategy where the parents of the woman wanted to send her abroad for studies on someone else’s expenses. This was the main reason to get her married to Balwinder. Now that she has moved to Canada and does not need support from her husband and in-laws, she
wants to end the matrimonial relationship.
When the police tried to reach out to the woman for the investigation, Kishor said that she was not in touch with them. The woman’s father also claimed that Pratiksha had not shared her local address or mobile number with her own family.
According to the police, the parents are lying while the woman is fully aware of the complaint and investigation.
The husband’s family spent Rs 13,52,620 (INR 1.3m) to send their daughter-in-law to study abroad. After the case, Kishor has requested time for three years to repay this amount to them.
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