According to recent media report, two officers – IPS wife and IFS husband – have been at logger heads over a marital dispute. In a latest turn of events, a complaint has been filed with the National Commission for Protection of Child Rights (NCPCR) against 2010-batch Karnataka IPS officer, Vartika Katiyar, by her estranged husband and Indian Foreign Service (IFS) officer Niteen Yeola.
In his complaint, Niteen has accused Vartika of blocking him from meeting their minor son. The NCPCR has directed the Director-General of Police in Karnataka to take necessary action.
On January 2, Vartika had filed a police complaint in the Cubbon Park police station in Bengaluru where she had accused Niteen and six other family members were accused of dowry harassment. In her complaint, she had accused her in-laws of physical assault and mental trauma. The case was later transferred to Delhi since the complainant wife had alleged that the incidents had taken place in the capital.
As reported by The News Minute, Niteen had denied all charges, including the accusations made during Vartika’s pregnancy. Vartika had accused Niteen’s family of making her travel to Lucknow for their childbirth, while the husband alleged that it was his mother-in-law’s decision that had been imposed upon them.
Niteen had produced certain whatsapp chat conversations as well as records from NIMHANS, where he alleged that Vartika had severe anger-related behavioural issues.
Husband had called the dowry harassment complaint “completely malicious, false and an afterthought,” alleging that this was an attempt to subvert the ongoing judicial process and malign his image when a divorce and custody case is underway.
On-going Divorce Petition
Currently, divorce and child custody petitions are ongoing at the Patiala House Court. The Parliament Street police in Delhi are probing the allegations of dowry harassment made by Vartika.
Latest Complaint with NCPCR
The NCPCR has received a complaint from Niteen against Vartika, who is presently posted in Bengaluru. Husband has accused his wife of “blocking him and denying access and visitation rights to meet his minor son, which is against the natural rights of the child to get healthy and normal upbringing by both parents.”
In November 2020, a family court had allowed Niteen to have visitation rights to meet their seven-year-old son.
Child Visitation Not Allowed By Mother, Alleges Niteen (Father)
Niteen has accused his IPS wife for using her “police position” to block him and deny him visitation rights. According to husband, she also threatened to file a false police complaint against him if he keeps asking him to meet the son. NCPCR has now intervened and quoted:
The complainant has alleged that Vartika Katiyar threatened him to file false complaints against him, using her police position, and bypassing the Honourable Supreme Court guidelines, despite the fact that the Honourable Family Court vide order dated 14.11.2020 had granted him access to his son.
Vartika is superintendent in the KSRP Research Centre, while Niteen is a Deputy Secretary in the Ministry of External Affairs.
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