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The niece of one of India’s wealthiest women filed a complaint of dowry-related assault with the Gamdevi police last week.
Mana met and married Arup Chatterjee, 44, in Delhi on November 27, 1996, after a brief courtship. According to her complaint, that was the start of all her troubles. She alleged that Arup wanted all the baratis to be ferried by a private airplane and also expected a Rolex, neither of which materialised. In the complaint, Mana added that Arup often hit her after getting drunk and even tried to kill her on several occasions. She further alleged that Arup recently forced her into transferring Rs 28 lakh from Mana’s personal account. The couple has two children of school going age.
While it is not clear what the immediate trigger was, Mana Chatterjee, 39, daughter of Tina Ambani’s elder sister, Jagruti, told the cops that she was unable to take the beatings and the harassment any longer and therefore reached out for help from the police. What emerged was a horrifying story of thirteen long years of domestic abuse.
Arup was produced in the Girgaum court on Tuesday and remanded to police custody till July 12. “The main question is why is Arup harassing Mana for money after so many years, especially since they are financially sound,” an officer from the Gamdevi Police Station said. The cops have started recoding statements of friends and family members.
It is simple! There was no harassing or beating in the first place… a woman complains about baraatis not being taken in private plane AFTER 13 years of marriage, and she is to be taken seriously! And a financially sound person is beating wife for 13 years to get a Rolex from her! Is that credulous?
It has been seen by SIFF volunteers that sometimes women in long marriages who have either had an adulterous relationship, or lose/give away money given by husband, or both; resort to such tactics to save their own skin.