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Lady IPS officer complains of dowry harassment

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Cubbon Park police register FIR on Vartika Katiyar’s complaint against husband, an IFS officer, and his family members

BENGALURU:

Members of the civil services are generally looked up to as societal role models, and one hardly associates them with retrograde practices like dowry demands. So it comes as a shock to read about a dowry-related spat between a civil services couple where the wife has filed a dowry harassment complaint against her husband in a city police station.

The Cubbon Park police on February 1 registered an FIR on the basis of a dowry harassment complaint by IPS officer Vartika Katiyar (Karnataka cadre 2010) against her husband, an IFS officer currently stationed in New Delhi, and six of his family members.

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IPS officer Vartika Katiyar

A copy of the FIR based on the 34-year-old lady officer’s complaint was accessed by TheBengaluruLive and cites sections 3 and 4 (penalty for taking dowry) of the Dowry Prohibition Act, 1961 and Indian Penal Code sections 506 (criminal intimidation), 509 (intending to insult the modesty of any woman), 34 (common intent), 498A (husband or relative of husband of a woman subjecting her to cruelty), 384 (punishment for extortion), 420 (cheating) and 326 (voluntarily causing grievous hurt).

IFS Niteen Yeola

The FIR has named seven persons, including her IFS husband Niteen Yeola, currently stationed in New Delhi, his father Subhash Yeola (resident of Malegaon, Nashik), and family members Amol Yeola (Thane), Sunita Yeola (Malegaon), Sachin Yeola (Thane), Prajakta Yeola (Thane) and Pradnya Yeola (Thane).

The FIR, filed in English, is reproduced here verbatim (with minor corrections for grammar): “Complainant was married to Mr Niteen Subhash Yeola on 7-11-2011 at Bhusaval in Maharashtra. The entire engagement and marriage expenses were borne by the complainant’s parents. At the time of marriage, the complainant’s husband and family members demanded and forced the complainant’s parents to give gold ornaments, etc. After marriage, her husband and his family members started fighting with and abusing the complainant in filthy language for no reason and gave her mental torture. After 3 months of marriage, the complainant’s husband and his family members demanded money from her and threatened to break the marriage in case she failed to give Rs 3 lakh to Mr Amol Yeola. Complainant transferred Rs 3 lakh to his account.

“Many times by threatening and blackmailing by the complainant’s husband and his family members, the complainant and her family gave money to the husband. Hence, due to fear of breaking off the marriage, the complainant and her parents fulfilled their demands right since the beginning. In 2012, the complainant’s husband Mr Niteen went to her old grandmother’s house in UP and demanded Rs 5 lakh. On 20.07.2012, she (grandmother) gave Rs 5 lakh by cheque. After coming to know about the above matter, the complainant assured (her husband) that she would give him Rs 5 lakh and requested him to return the amount to her grandmother. Later, the husband agreed and returned the Rs 5 lakh by cheque but it bounced.

“The complainant many times requested her husband to quit his habit of smoking and drinking, but her husband took it negatively and abused her and tortured her physically and mentally. In 2016, when the complainant visited Colombo with her husband, he hit her with a marble box, due to which her hand was fractured, causing immense trauma to her not only physically but also mentally. During the complainant’s third trimester pregnancy, the complainant’s husband and his family members abused and tortured her and sent her forcibly to her parent’s home.

“In 2018 during the Diwali festival, the complainant’s husband and his family members had gone to Colombo, and she had gone there too. On the last day of the visit, her husband and his family members hurled abuses at her and her parents for not sending gifts and again threatened divorce and asked her to toe their line. Many times the complainant’s husband and his parents, brothers and their wives demanded Rs 35 lakh as dowry to purchase a house in the complainant’s name. The indecent behaviour of her husband Mr Niteen Yeola, his parents, brothers, their wives and other relatives and repeated demands for dowry, mental and physical torture, etc (is reason for) this complaint.”

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