"I took her to the railway station from where she disappeared."
A 36-year-old Indian man identified as Surender from Haryana was allegedly conned by a woman after she left him just two days after their wedding.
He and his family paid a middleman Rs. 70,000 (£800) to fix the marriage to the woman, who was from Jind, Haryana.
Surender’s first wife passed away in 2017 and his parents wanted him to get married again.
They were able to find a match with the help of a middleman named Joginder. The marriage was fixed on May 17, 2019.
In early June, Surender and the woman were married in Ludhiana Court.
Joginder had initially demanded that Surender’s family pay Rs. 85,000 (£970) for him to find a potential wife for him. The amount was later lowered to Rs. 70,000 (£800).
However, prior to the marriage, Surender had met her and was surprised to discover that what he was told was not true.
“I was told that my wife is a Hindu and we visited her place as well, before the wedding but according to the information received by Jind villagers, she is a Muslim and a mother of one child.”
Despite that, he still got married to the woman and they stayed at his house.
Two days after the wedding, the woman stated to her in-laws that she has to go to Ludhiana for a family event.
Surender then went to the train station to drop his wife off, but she ended up taking his mobile phone and ran off.
The victim added:
“I had paid them Rs. 70,000 (£800), she stayed with me for two days and she told me she had to go to Ludhiana for a ‘jagran’ so I took her to the railway station from where she disappeared.”
After the woman disappeared, Surender went to her home in Jind where he found his wife and her family. A group of men were also there including Joginder.
They threatened Surender and stated that they will make false allegations against him to the police if he spoke about the ordeal.
The Indian man then realised the marriage was a setup and that he had been scammed.
Surender’s father said:
“The middleman named Joginder duped us on the pretext of marriage. This is a big gang of middlemen who run a business by duping innocent people.
“They should be arrested soon and we should get our money back.”
While the victim’s father said that the suspects would be arrested, it is unknown if a police case was registered.