A 36-year-old Vashi resident, who allegedly harassed his pregnant wife by demanding dowry from her parents, has been arrested by the police on Monday.
According to the police, Sravan Bhoir and Chaya Bhoir, 30, tied the knot four years ago and stayed in Vashi's sector 31. Sravan, a businessman, however, started harassing Chaya just after after the birth of their daughter, in 2012.
"The accused had asked the victim to get cash and other household items from her parents who stay in Thane around two years ago. The victim's parents are also financially not strong and so they told him that they were unable to give money. The accused then started physically and mentally torturing his wife. He did not spare her even after she got pregnant a few months back," said Vinaya Kamble, police sub inspector from Vashi police station.
Exasperated with frequent harassment, Chaya finally approached the police and registered a case against her husband. "We arrested the accused from his residence on Monday evening. He, however, has denied all the allegations," Kamble added.
He has been booked under section 498 of the Indian Penal Code. He was produced before the judicial court on Tuesday and will remain in jail for 14 days.
"It was alleged that the victim's in-laws also assaulted her, asking for dowry. We are now investing the case and will arrest them if we find evidence against them," another police officer from Vashi police station said.
According to sources from the Navi Mumbai crime branch, dowry harassment and abatement in suicide cases have gone up in the city by 50% in 2013. The police are of the opinion that most of the dowry harassment accused belong to middle class and lower middle class families.
"People from affluent and poor families are also getting involved in such crimes. However, their number is less compared to the accused belonging to middle class and lower middle class families," a senior police officer said.