A radio jockey based in the city got the shock of her life when she learnt that her ‘husband’ was already married to someone else, and had kids. Making the case even more bizarre, she came to know that the woman who had claimed she was the man’s sister and approached her family with the marriage proposal was actually the man’s wife. The victim registered a case with the Malad police, who arrested the crook.
Liar liar: Dheeraj Sharma (in yellow) took away nearly Rs 2 lakh in jewellery and thousands of rupees in cash from the victim. Police said the man and his first wife have duped other girls in a similar fashion. Pic/Nayan Sahane
The accused has been identified as Dheeraj Subhashchandra Sharma (34), a resident of Ranibaug in New Delhi. According to the police, Sharma’s wife Rani met the victim’s sister Sangita in Delhi at a wedding last year.
The two began talking, and, as it happens often during weddings, conversation veered towards getting another relative hitched. Rani informed Sangita that she was looking for a bride for her ‘brother’. Sangita told Rani she was already married, but that the brother could meet her younger sister, who worked in Mumbai as a radio jockey.
Marriage made in hell
The accused was introduced to the victim as Sameer Arora, an executive at a production house in Delhi. After a series of meetings, the victim’s family agreed to the match and the duo married in June 2013.
Sharma shifted to Mumbai and began staying with the victim. Soon, he began harassing her over various domestic issues. He would demand money and jewellery from her, and often to go to Delhi on the pretext of office work. Realising something was fishy, the victim told her elder sister about the man’s behaviour.
Sangita, after a bit of snooping around with the help of friends, learnt that the man was a seasoned con and, worse still, he was already married with a wife and two children, around eight years old. His father works as a schoolteacher and his mother, as a principal of a school in the Capital. The victim then lodged a case with the Malad police last week.
Police investigated into the matter and arrested Sharma late on Thursday night.
He was booked under sections 498 (enticing or taking away or detaining with criminal intent a married woman), 494 (marrying again during lifetime of husband or wife), 323 (voluntarily causing hurt), 377 (unnatural intercourse), and 506 (criminal intimidation).
Sharma has been remanded in police custody till Sunday by the Borivli court.
Assistant Police Inspector Navnath Sonawane of Malad police station said, “Preliminary investigations revealed that Sharma is a habitual offender and his wife is party to all the crimes he is responsible for.
The duo’s modus operandi is to lure young girls into marriage, and then take away all their belongings. Coordinating with the Ranibaug police in New Delhi, we found that the accused had cheated other girls, too."
Sonawane added that Sharma had taken nearly Rs 2 lakh in jewellery and thousands of rupees in cash from the RJ. Police are still looking for his wife Rani. “She is also part of the crime. She had even told her two children to call their father ‘mama’ (uncle), to hide her identity,” he further said.