Chennai: A 34-year-old software engineer from Bangalore was arrested on Sunday for subjecting his wife, who is a professor with an engineering college, to severe cruelty, and for demanding a dowry of 15 lakh.
Police said Henry William Bosco demanded dowry and physically abused her for two years. Rita Carolin, 30, who works in an engineering college in Poonamallee, married Bosco in 2011. He obtained a dowry of 10 lakh but kept demanding more.
Rita told the police that he had ill-treated her and physically and mentally harassed her since they got married. "She could not withstand his torture. Her pregnancy was terminated because of the physical abuse," said inspector Manjula of Villivakkam allwomen police station.
After the wedding, he demanded a television and beat her up. Her mother, a nurse, treated her because they were afraid of repercussions if she reported the incident, the officer said.
The couple lived in Velachery and later moved to Kolathur. When she had gone to her mother's house to recover from the abuse, he vacated the house without informing her, and then stopped contacting her. The landlord told her that her husband had moved away.
She collected the advance amount of 50,000 from the house owner. Bosco demanded that money and lodged a complaint with Peravallur police in 2012. Hisfamily tried to mediate but it did not work. Rita then lodged a complaint with the commissioner's office.
"He was called for several counselling sessions, but he failed to turn up. He told her that he'd divorce her if she failed to withdraw the complaint," the officer added.
Based on her recent complaint with the Villivakkam all women police station, a notice was sent to him to appear before the police, which he ignored.
Police booked him under IPC Sections 498 A (dowry) and 506 (ii) (criminal intimidation) and arrested him in Bangalore. He was brought to Chennai and remanded in judicial custody.