Hajipur: “About 80 per cent of total cases
of alleged dowry deaths in Vaishali district are lodged by
so-called victims’ relatives for blackmailing the in-laws,”
says the Vaishali SP Shobha Ohatker.
Talking to TNN here recently, the SP said that there is a trend
of levelling allegations of demand of money as dowry in most of
the cases. Married women often do this under the pressure of their
“greedy” parents, she added.
“This is all because of a lack of social protest against the
lodging of false cases. The district police have now initiated
action against people whose cases for dowry murder or harassment
were found “false” during the investigation,” said Ohatker
adding that, at least four women, declared “killed” for dowry
by their in-laws, were recovered “alive” by her from different
parts of district during her stint here as SP.
According to official figures, as many as 60 cases of dowry death
were registered in the district in 2002 and out of them, more than
20 cases were found totally false by police. Ohatker said that six
dowry death cases out of 25 lodged up to July this year were found
false after probe.
About 75 cases for harassments for dowry were registered in 2002
in the district and more than one third of them were found false,
the SP added.
Besides, a new trend for lodgings the cases of kidnapping through
the court complaints has also been witnessed. “Whenever young
girls elope with their ‘lovers’ for marriage in Vaishali
district, their parents, in a bid to save their social prestige,
lodge a case of kidnapping,” added Ohatker.
In 2002, 28 cases of girls’ kidnapping were lodged in the
district. Of them, police investigation found 10 cases as
completely false. “The rest 18 cases were declared “true”,
but not because they were cases of kidnapping in true sense but
because the girls in question, though had eloped with their
lovers, were found minor,” she said.
As many as 12 cases of girls’ kidnapping had been lodged in the
district till July this year, and six of them have been found
false, the SP said. She added that rest of the cases were of
elopement with consent but the girls in questioned were found