Ghaziabad Police have registered a case against a woman who allegedly tricked a 66-year-old construction contractor by marrying him. The woman has also been accused of duping seven other senior citizens in a span of ten years.
Trying her luck with a short cut to achieving wealth, the woman identified as Monica Malik, trapped several senior citizens over the years, by marrying them and later disappearing with their cash and jewellery. However, this time her wrong doings were exposed when she tried the same trick on a construction contractor from Ghaziabad in Uttar Pradesh.
Monica vanished after taking along with her, valuables worth Rs 15 lakh, weeks after her marriage to the man.
Here’s What Happened
Jugal Kishore, a resident of Ghaziabad’s Kavi Nagar locality, decided to get re-married as his loneliness was hitting him hard after his wife passed away last year. His son was living separately.
Jugal came across an advertisement from Delhi-based matrimonial agency ‘Khanna Vivah Kendra’ in a newspaper. The agency specified, in its advert, that they could find good matches for senior citizens and divorced individuals. Kishore contacted the agency, looking for a companionship to fill in the void. The owner of the agency, Manju Khanna, introduced him to the accused Monica Malik saying ‘she was the perfect bride for him’.
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Malik had informed Jugal that the woman was a divorcee, and soon the two got married in August 2019. After their marriage, the couple started living together in Kishore’s Kavi Nagar residence. However, the woman, just after two months into the marriage, escaped with all the cash and jewellery from the man’s house. According to a report in TOI, Kishore quoted,
On October 26, 2019, Monica fled with valuables worth Rs 15 lakh.
Soon after the victim realised that he was conned, he immediately approached the matrimonial agency. However, to his surprise, the agency’s owner threatened to lodge a false case against Kishore and also demanded money from him.
Kishore later learnt about Monica’s previous husbands, how all were duped in the same manner.
The senior citizen then approached the police and filed a complaint against the fraudsters. The officials investigated the matter and disclosed that Monica used the same modus operandi in past ten years by trapping men.
She would marry a man and then flee away with his valuables. Police also found that all her marriages had been fixed by ‘Khanna Vivah Kendra’. SSP (city) Abhishek Verma said,
The case is under investigation. An offence has been registered against Monica, her family and the matrimonial agency under IPC Sections 419 (cheating by impersonation), 420 (cheating), 380 (theft), 384 (extortion by threat) and 120B (criminal conspiracy).
- There is no reason why widowers should not seek companionship
- However, one needs to be cautious and do thorough background checks before tying the legal knot
- If the first man, who was conned, would immediately report the matter to the police, possibly other men would have been saved from this harassment
- There is no embarrassment if, you as a groom, get conned
- It is important to raise the matter with the authorities and not become party to further the crime by such women
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