In a case of fake dowry harassment complaint, a woman from Hyderabad has landed behind bars after the Vanasthalipuram police arrested her on charges of cheating.
The woman, 37-year-old Chivakula Saritha, is a homeopath by profession. She was arrested after her husband, Prakash Rao, proved that she was lying and provided documentary evidence to police.
The incident came to light when Rao was arrested by police following Saritha’s complaint on July 31. She alleged that he and his mother, Padmavathi, were harassing her for dowry. He came out on bail and did a background check on her.
Rao found that she had used the same tactic against two of her former husbands in 2005 and 2011.
“He had unearthed the certificates of her earlier marriages and the FIR copies of the cases. After verifying the evidence, it was revealed that Saritha had married twice in the past,” said M. Venkateswar Rao, DCP LB Nagar to Deccan Chronicle. The police said that after completing her studies, she practised her medical profession for some time.
According to Vanasthalipuram SI S. Murali Krishna, the woman had extracted Rs.6 lakh and 20 tolas of gold from her first husband to withdraw the dowry harassment case against him while the second husband had to dole out Rs.9 lakh. Before marrying Prakash Rao, she had allegedly maintained a relationship with a man from Pune, who had to pay up Rs.80,000 for not being implicated in a case, the SI said.
After gathering information about these cases, Rao approached Vanasthalipuram police last month and lodged a cheating case against Saritha. After investigation, police found the allegation levelled by Rao to be true and arrested Saritha.