'Cops have told me to trace my husband'
Wife alleges that 16 months after she filed a complaint for dowry harassment, rather than nabbing her absconding husband, the Nagpada police is asking her to do the task
A South Mumbai-based woman, Khalida Shaikh (24), has been running from pillar to post since two years to seek justice and ensure that her husband Affan Kasam Ansari (27) appears in court. Despite filing a complaint at the Nagpada police station and eight notices, summons and arrest warrants being issued against him, the cops have been unable to trace him. Shaikh alleged that on the contrary, the Nagpada police has told her that she should trace her husband as they are too busy.
On Saturday, a helpless Shaikh (24) approached SUNDAY MiD DAY. According to her complaint (a copy of which is available with SMD), Shaikh, a resident of Antop Hill, married Madanpura-based Affan Kasam Ansari (27) on May 14, 2011. After three months of marriage her in-laws started harassing her for dowry and demanded Rs 2.5 lakh. They claimed that since they had taken a personal loan for Ansari’s wedding, Shaikh’s parents should pay for it. Shaikh registered a complaint (NC) at Nagpada police station. A month later she was thrown out of her house after her in-laws battered her.
On November 2, 2011, she registered an FIR under sections 498 (A), 34 against her husband, father-in-law Kasam, mother-in-law Shahjahan, sister-in-laws Zaveria and Shafak and their respective husbands Hasib and Ehsaan. Police arrested all of them but they were released on bail on the same day. Only Ansari was released on the third day. A week after he was arrested, along with divorce papers, he also sent her a cheque of Rs 10,000, as iddat amount (maintenance charges). However, the cheque bounced. An exasperated Shaikh filed a domestic violence case in Kurla and a cheque-bouncing case in Mazgaon court.
Both courts issued eight notices and arrest warrants against Ansari. Shaikh alleged that each time, she approached the Nagpada police she was turned away. “The cops ask me to trace my husband. I don’t know what to do since he is the only one who is absconding. My in-laws come to the police station for questioning,” said Shaikh. She alleged that despite approaching several top cops and complaining to them about the Nagpada police’s attitude, they haven’t helped her.
However, when contacted, Vinayak Savade, senior inspector, Nagpada police station, said, “We have checked Ansari’s residence, brought his father, brother and brother-in-law for questioning but are still unable to trace him. We even called for his Call Detail Records (CDR) but he doesn’t use a mobile phone. We had tried setting a trap for him at the court but this too did not work. We are still trying to trace him.”