Saturday, March 16, 2013

One got caught ... Many more still to get caught

Publication: Bangalore Mirror;Date: Mar 13, 2013;Section: City;Page: 5

She made marriage her trade to get rich
Court slams woman who married 11 times and fleeced the men in the name of dowry torture after case against her latest victim failed to hold water

Acourt has castigated a 30-year-old woman who turned marriage into an institution for profit. Kausar Begum alias Umme Kausar, a resident of HBR Layout, had allegedly married 11 different persons under different namesonlytodivorcethemandfleece them by filing false charges of dowry harassment against them. 

    A magistrate’s court, in an order, observed that “the entire cross examination of her clearly shows that the complainant is in the habit of marrying rich persons and filing this kind of complaint to extract money”. 

    The court pronounced this order in a dowry harassment case Kausar had filed against her third husband, Syed Hasham Ahmed. Hasham had submitted documents and photographs of Kausar marrying several people, including that of her recent marriage with another Bangalorebased person with whom she is now staying. 

The court absolved Ahmed of the charges, but came down heavily on Kausar, the complainant. 

Kausar and Hasham were married inJune2006.Ahmedclaimsthatwithin a month after they were married, Kausar began harassing him. She then disappeared with all the valuables from their house, as reported by BANGALOREMIRRORon April 4, 2009. 

    The law finally caught up with Kausar when the Sion police arrested her in 2009 after she had similarly cheated a Mumbai businessman. She spent about 40 days in a Mumbai jail beforeshewasreleasedonbail,butprior to that she had given ‘Khula’ (divorce from the wife) to Hasham. He claims that he had to fork out Rs 20 lakh for a final settlement, but Kausar still filed a case against Ahmed in the 11th ACMM court when she returned to Bangalore. 

    In its order, the court took serious exception to Kausar’s and her father’s claim that they had given a dowry and gold ornaments to Hasham. “Kausar Begum agreed that day-to-day earnings of her father Iqbal Pasha were not enough to maintain the family. It raises doubt upon the expenses borne by her father for the marriage. Doubt arises over dowry as complainant and the accused stayed together only for 15 days after the marriage. She accuses her husband of harassment and at the same time she admits that she had given ‘Khula’ to the accused and also to otherswhomshemarried.Theydidn’t even have any documents to prove their allegations,” the court said. 

    Finallycourtsaid,“Therearelotsof contradictionsintheevidenceofboth the witnesses. The complainant and her parents were arrested by Mumbai police and they were in judicial custody for many days. All these circumstances go to show that in order to take revenge against accused (Syed Hasham) or to extract money from him the complainant has lodged this complaint by making false allegations. 
A file picture of Kausar Begum and (right) BM’s April 4, 2009 article on her