Local girl takes on ‘greedy’ NRI husband To contest divorce suit in Canada
Pradeep Sharma Tribune News Service
Chandigarh, May 21
For long Indian brides have been at the receiving end of the “greedy” Non-Resident Indian (NRI) husbands. However, a gutsy local girl, Ashima (not her real name), has decided to take on her NRI husband in one of such case and contest the divorce suit in Canada.
Talking to the Chandigarh Tribune before leaving for Canada, the girl alleged that since her immigration to Canada on October 11,2003, she was mentally and physically harassed by her husband and the in-laws. I was neither allowed to talk to anyone nor go outside and do any job, she alleged.
“I will fight to the finish and not let my husband and his relatives ruin my life. By contesting the divorce suit
in Canada, I want to drive home the point that the harassed Indian brides can also take up cudgels against greedy in-laws and NRI husbands,” she added.
In fact, it took quite an effort on the part of a human rights organisation — Lawyers for Human Rights International (LHRI) — to convince the girl to contest her case in Canada. After a lot of persuasion, the girl reached Canada and as part of the free legal aid we have arranged a counsel for her, the president of the local unit of the LHRI, Mr T.S. Sudan, said.
Mr Sudan said the girl must contest the divorce suit filed by her husband, Dr Kumud Kumar Verma, by the end of this month in the Supreme Court of British Columbia. If Ashima, who is a Canadian citizen, did not contest the case, then legal separation would follow.
On the other hand, the father of the girl had also filed a complaint with the local police alleging dowry demands by her in-laws in Canada and certain relatives in Jalandhar. According to the complaint, Ashima was married to Dr Verma on December 12, 2002, at Chandigarh.
On October 18 last year, her husband and in-laws prevailed upon her to visit India for a change and promised to bring her back as early as possible, the complaint alleged. Dr Verma promised to her that he would come to take her back on May 2. However, on May 2 she received the divorce papers.
Her father alleged that he had spent Rs 8 lakh on the marriage. When she came back to India, all her valuables, including jewellery, were kept by her husband.