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India woman 'divorce scam' arrest

By Sanjay Dasgupta
BBC News

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Indian police have arrested a woman who is alleged to have tricked a number of men into marriage only to get a divorce and extort large sums of money.

The woman, from the city of Mumbai (Bombay), is said to have threatened each husband with lawsuits, alleging that she had been harassed for dowry.

The woman and her parents were arrested in the southern city of Bangalore.

The woman's lawyer has denied the charges, saying that her client had married just once, not nine times.

Complaint

In a culture where women are often on the receiving end of marital harassment, this case is novel - a 26-year-old woman arrested on allegations she had tricked a number of rich businessmen into marriage, only to file for divorce after a few weeks and demand large sums of money.

Each time, she is alleged to have threatened the husband with a lawsuit unless she was paid off, on accusations that she had been harassed for a dowry.

One of the men lodged a complaint with the police, accusing the woman and her parents of threatening and harassing him.

His lawyer said the complainant was the woman's ninth husband and that she had demanded a large amount of money from him.

The woman has been remanded in police custody by a court in Mumbai until her case comes up for a hearing on Thursday.



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