One NRI wife calls home for help every 8 hours
Bengaluru: Many Indian parents look for a foreign match for their daughters but here’s a reason to be wary. On average, at least one woman married to an NRI calls home every eight hours seeking help to return after being deserted by her husband or because of reasons like ill-treatment and physical torture.
Complaints received by the ministry of external affairs (MEA) show that in the 1,064 days between January 1, 2015 and November 30, 2017, the MEA received 3,328 such complaints — an average of more than three calls a day or one every eight hours.
Most of the women are originally from Punjab and Andhra-Telangana followed by Gujarat, say lawyers, activists and people working in Indian missions abroad. The National Institute of Public Cooperation and Child Development, in its study on deserted women some years ago, also confirms this fact.
‘Most NRI women seeking help are from Andhra -Telangana’
Aarthi Rao worked with the Indian embassy in Washington DC for 16 years, six of which were as a community development officer dealing with such cases. “Most women,” she said “were from Andhra Pradesh (including Telangana), where the dowry system is still strong. The boys went toIndia to please their parents and married someone, but had no intentions of living with them once they returned.”
Aarthi, who later served as adviser to the MEA, said she received a lot of complaints from West Asian countries during her Delhi stint. In one complaint that the MEA received, Shazia (name changed) said she was stuck in Bahrain as her husband had destroyed her visa document and was preventing her from making calls.
The erstwhile Overseas Indian Affairs Ministry, now merged with MEA, had introduced a scheme for such women in 2007. The MEA now addresses the issue through its grievance redressal portal, MADAD. Besides, all missions also receive complaints from women and help them both financially and legally.
Not all complaints go to the ministry. Chennai-based lawyer Sudha Ramalingam, who has dealt with more than 80 such cases over the years, says the majority are from West Asian countries, the US and Canada. “Just six weeks ago, there was a welleducated man working with Qatar Airlines harassing his wife. She reached out to me after great difficulty and we’ve just managed to get her separated from her husband,” she said.
While Ramalingam said there was “no one solution” to the problem, sociologist Samata Deshmane attributed it to Indian parents’ “obsession” with a certain status associated with NRI grooms.
‘I saw the body lying in the middle of the road. I tried to avoid hitting it; didn’t hear anything’
KSRTC driver who found body in undercarriage speaks out
The KSRTC bus driver who was arrested on Friday for trying to hide a body at the Shanthinagar depot told Bangalore Mirror on Wednesday that he was dead sure that he did not hear any sound as reported in several newspapers; nor did he hit anybody.
“I was near Anjaneya Devasthana (possibly, the Kengal Anjaneya Swamy temple) around 3 km from Channapatna when I saw a body lying on the road. I swerved right as I noticed it at the last minute and tried to ensure that it doesn’t come under the wheels of the bus,” Moinuddin said.
“There was no sound. Otherwise I would have stopped,” he said, referring to reports that there was a loud thud.
Moinuddin says he drove on towards Bengaluru (he was returning from Coonoor in Tamil Nadu) without realizing that the body that he tried to avoid hitting had stuck to the undercarriage of the bus (it was found in the front axle). After driving for more than an hour, he reached Shanthinagar bus depot sometime around 2.30 am. There were 14 passengers in the bus, and a conductor.
Moinuddin claims he got off the vehicle as usual and while checking the tyres, found the body.
“I was scared and couldn’t think. The only thing that I could think of was removing the body and hiding it. The upper and lower parts of the body were stuck in the axle and the abdomen part was hanging. I hugged the abdomen and pulled the body out. It took a couple of minutes and I was very, very afraid,” he added.
A post-mortem will tell whether there were any injuries to the body to ascertain Moinuddin’s claim. “Prima facie, it doesn’t look like that the body came under the wheels of the bus as there are only a few abrasions and the body is intact,” said BT Prabhakar Reddy, divisional controller (Bengaluru Central), KSRTC.
The 42-year-old driver was released on bail on Tuesday and is not allowed to drive till the department takes action against him for the lapse. As per KSRTC’s instructions to drivers, in case of an accident, the local police and the nearest KSRTC depot have to be informed (in case and alternative mode of transport has to be arranged). The trip can be terminated if the accident is serious and the bus becomes case property.
But Moinuddin did none of that. Instead, he kept the conductor in the dark and drove on towards Bengaluru. Once in Shanthinagar, he tried to hide the body behind two condemned buses in the depot.
However, around 10 am, the body was found and the police were summoned.
“Around 5 pm, when the police came I told them everything,” Moinuddin said.
Wilson Garden police probing the case said that the condition of the body found half nude in a three fourth trouser was pretty much intact and not with much external injuries. They however claimed that the post mortem report would be integral in confirming all these aspects.
“The torso part and almost the entire body is not much damaged considering the distance the bus covered,” police said.
Moinuddin stays in a room at the Shanthinagar depot. Back home in Raichur, his three daughters — with the youngest one in first grade – stay with their mother, Mallika. He’s been with KSRTC for 11 years now.
“I have never been involved in a major accident in my entire career. I have always driven buses — and that too interstate ones – during the night. This is the first time I made a mistake. And I think I panicked,” Moinuddin said.
Wilson Garden police are investigating and have not yet identified the victim. Nor has anybody in Channapatna or nearby areas filed a missing person complaint.
So if Moinuddin is telling the truth, then why was a body kept in the middle of the road in the dead of night in the middle of nowhere?
Bus driver knew he hit man, tried to conceal body, drags dead body for 70 kms: Cops
Corpse Dumped Between Two Scrapped BusesTIMES NEWS NETWORK
Bengaluru : The driver of a KSRTC bus, who was arrested for hitting a man and then driving the bus for over 70km with the body stuck in the undercarriage, attempted to conceal the corpse in the bus depot, police said citing CCTV evidence.
Mohinuddin, 45, currently in the custody of Wilson Garden police, reportedly confessed that he was aware that he had hit the man, who had suddenly come in front of his bus, between Ramanagara and Channapatna late on Thursday night. However, he did not stop his vehicle. Police are yet to identify the deceased.
“On entering the Shantinagar bus depot in the wee hours of Friday, I got down from the bus and found that the man’s body was stuck in the undercarriage,” police quoted the driver as saying. “I was scared and did not know what to do. At a turning inside the depot, the body fell off. I dragged it for a few feet and dumped it between two old scrapped buses,” he told police.
Mohinuddin was arrested late on Friday and produced before a court on Saturday. He was remanded to three days in police custody. Police said Mohinuddin could have been released on station bail if he had stopped the bus and alerted jurisdictional police about the accident.
“But he tried to hide the entire incident and was responsible for the bus dragging the body,” a police officer said. “He dumped it in the depot and fled without informing anyone. We have registered a case under the provision of IPC section 201 (causing disappearance of evidence) along with bailable offence of section 304A (causing death due to negligence).
An officer investigating the case said, “We will take him to the accident spot on Monday for a spot mahazar and to collect more evidence about the incident. We can then launch a drive to identify the victim.”