Marriage Bureau dupes thousands in Madhya Pradesh town

February 16th, 2009 - 8:52 pm ICT by IANS  

Bhopal, Feb 16 (IANS) Thousands of youth who had come from far off places to Indore in the hope of getting hitched are now making a beeline to the police station to get their complaint registered against a trust that had promised to get them married but failed to bring the promised number of potential brides.

The Jeevan Sahara Trust had promised to get nearly 10,000 youth from various districts of Madhya Pradesh and neighbouring states married in a mass wedding Feb 14, the police said.

“The chairman, Trilok Jain who also runs a marriage bureau had, for a registration fee of Rs.1,000, promised that each bachelor would be introduced to a suitable bride at the convention and would be married at a mass ceremony in the presence of Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan and other political bigwigs,” Indore’s City Superintendant of Police (CSP) Rai Singh Narwaria told IANS over phone Monday.

“Jain had amassed more than Rs.5 million if one was to go by the number of complaints registered against him in the past two days,” Narwaria said.

The event was slated for Saturday, Valentine’s day, and the prospective grooms from villages as far as in the neighbouring states of Rajasthan and Chhattisgarh had gathered at the venue.

Several people from the districts near Indore such as Mandsaur, Shajapur, Khandwa, Dewas and Dhar were also present but when they found that there were just around 50 brides, they roughed up Jain as well as the policemen who rushed to Jain’s aid.

More than 10,000 families were invited to attend the ceremony which started with a dance and music programme by a local orchestra.

However, the event turned ugly when the people who had gathered there saw that there were hardly 50 to 60 prospective brides present at the venue.

“Jain and his accomplices including the general secretary of the trust Suresh Jain, treasurer Manju Jain and advocate Vinod Kala were also nabbed and taken on police remand till Feb 18,” Narwaria said.

The marriage agent, Narwaria said, had roped in about 10,000 prospective bridegrooms on the promise of getting them married for no cost. The grooms were also promised free gifts like utensils and other gadgets worth Rs.5,000.

“Jain and his associates used to go from village to village luring people to get themselves registered for the mass marriage. They had hired a van for the purpose. Even those who were handicapped or widowed were lured to get themselves registered,” said Narwaria.

Besides, Jain had also promised the invitees that the president, the governor, the chief minister and several cabinet and union ministers would be present to bless the newly weds.

“People are still coming to the police station to get their complaint against the trust registered. The rush is so much that we have to arrange separate tables to tackle so many people,” Narwaria said.

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