Marry and abandon: The NRI game plays on in absence of strong laws

NEW DELHI : Indore’s Kiran Parwani and her family were joyous when they got a request on a matrimonial site from Kabir Jagwani, a second-generation migrant teaching at London’s Cumberland School. It was an ideal match for Kiran, a double Masters in Computers and Business, or so her Sindhi family believed.

Kabir and Kiran began talking, and sometime later Kabir asked Kiran to come to London for registration of their marriage — without her parents — with Kabir’s mother saying they would arrange “fake parents” for her. “It was an unusual request because usually, registration happens after the wedding,” said 34-year-old Kiran who nonetheless went to London.

Kiran alleged while returning to India, Kabir’s family clearly said the wedding expenses should be entirely borne by the girl’s family. “In December 2017, a week before the wedding was scheduled, Kabir texted me asking how many suitcases should they bring to take back the gifts they would receive during the wedding.

“We got married in Indore, after which we went to Goa the next day for a three-day honeymoon on Kabir’s insistence as he was to leave for London at the earliest. Soon, my visa was approved and I was to fly three months later. Kabir and his family had by then left with gifts and cash worth Rs 20 lakh,” said Kiran.

On March 18, 2018, when Kiran was readying to board the London flight, she got a call from Kabir asking her not to fly. “He asked me not to fly and threatened that the London immigration will arrest me at arrival if I tried to reach him,” alleged Kiran, adding she has that WhatsApp conversation saved. Her father also got a call from Kabir’s mother demanding a dowry of Rs 1 crore, she said