HC seeks police report in matrimonial fraud case

A trust had filed police complaint on behalf of a doctor


Complaining about misuse of matrimonial sites, a public interest litigation petition filed before the Madurai Bench of the Madras High Court on Thursday sought a direction to control and monitor such sites. It also pressed for framing of suitable guidelines to include verification and identification mechanism.

Parents Trust of Tiruchi, represented by its Managing Trustee T. Jayanthi Rani, pointed to a recent incident in Tiruchi where a man had cheated a widow, a medical practitioner and mother of a girl child, after promising to marry her. On the advice of her friends and relatives, the woman uploaded her profile on a matrimonial site under the widow category.

The man, calling himself Ajay, approached her with a marriage proposal and told her that he was a doctor and a widower. After gaining her confidence, he developed a relationship with her and reportedly exploited her sexually and financially. After sometime, he stopped contacting her.

The woman realised through a friend that the man had cheated her. She was told that he had used matrimonial sites to approach women with the promise of marriage and cheat them of money and jewels. The petitioner said the woman approached the trust, which filed a complaint with Tiruchi police.

The petitioner sought stricter monitoring of matrimonial sites and forming of guidelines for verification and identification mechanisms. During the course of the hearing, the court was informed that Tiruchi police had arrested the accused and his associate and investigation in the case was on.

Taking into account the developments in the case, a Division Bench of Justices J. Nisha Banu and M. Dhandapani sought a detailed report from the police and adjourned the hearing.

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