Jobless man demands Rs. 20 lakh, car in dowry; lands in jail

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Police have arrested a 29-year-old man who called off his proposed marriage allegedly after his demand for hefty dowry was not met.

Chetan Bubera, an art graduate who was without a regular job, was arrested yesterday after the would-be bride lodged a complaint against him and his family members, Sub-Inspector V D Pawar of Mumbra Police Station said.

Bubera got engaged to the 22-year-old girl, a resident of Diva Agasan who works as a domestic help, some days ago and their marriage was fixed for February 17.

The girl’s family members were busy with marraige preparations when Bubera told them he wants Rs. 20 lakh in cash and an Innova car, police said, quoting from the complaint.

When the would-be bride’s family expressed inability to fulfil the dowry demand, the man cancelled the marriage, they said.

Not deterred by the decision, the girl mustered courage and took the matter to the police, who charged Bubera and family members with cheating and criminal breach of trust, among others.

Besides Bubera, half a dozen members of his family, including mother, have been booked but not yet arrested, the police added.