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Australian NRI's parents arrested in India for dowry-related harassment


NRI techie's family held in dowry case
Hyderabad, May 19, 2008

A non-resident Indian (NRI) techie's parents were arrested for allegedly harassing their daughter-in-law for additional dowry in Begumpet on Sunday.

According to police, Meena Kumari of Mehdipatnam was married to Praveen Kumar of Begumpet in 2005.

Since the time of the marriage, Praveen Kumar has been working as a software engineer in Australia.

Immediately after the marriage, Praveen Kumar left for Australia and promised to send visa to his wife within a month.

"Praveen did not stand by his promise. His parents-Mohan Rao and Jyothi-started harassing Meena Kumari for additional dowry," Inspector of police, women police station, CCS, B Venkataratnam said.

Wishing for their daughter's better life, Meena Kumari's parents gave nearly Rs six lakh as additional dowry and after that Praveen sent visa to Meena Kumari.

Meena went to Australia in 2006. But unable to put up with dowry-related harassment from her husband, she returned home in April 2008.

Meena Kumari approached a local court on April 30. The court directed police to register a case and start investigations.

Based on directions from the court, a case under section 498-A (Dowry harassment) of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) and cases under sections 4 and 6 of the Dowry Prohibition Act were registered against Mohan Rao, 65, Jyothi, 62, Praveen Kumar and three other family members at CCS women's police station.

Mohan Rao and Jyothi were arrested on Sunday from their house in Begumpet. They might be produced in court on Monday.