“He proposed marriage but kept on delaying it."
A young Punjabi man has been booked after he allegedly scammed a Non-Resident Indian under the pretext of marrying her.
The accused has been identified as Kulwinder Singh, a resident of Moga.
It was reported that he came into contact with the woman through an online matrimonial site a few years ago.
The woman was originally from Mehta Chowk in Punjab but was living in California.
After getting to know her, Kulwinder proposed to her.
Kulwinder claimed that he was a truck driver.
The woman told him that if he moved to the United States, he could earn a lot of money as there was a demand for truck drivers.
Kulwinder agreed to her idea and claimed he needed financial support to help him move to the United States.
He also told her that he would marry her as soon as he moved to the USA.
Over a two-year period, the woman sent money and expensive gifts to the Punjabi man.
However, a few months ago, the NRI woman discovered that Kulwinder had backtracked on his marriage proposal and married another woman.
She tried to contact him but he did not respond.
Lodging a police complaint, the woman said:
“He proposed marriage but kept on delaying it.
“I tried to help him through bad times by sending him money, household items and also gifts but later found out that he was married to someone else.”
After conducting a preliminary investigation, police registered a fraud case under Section 420 of the Indian Penal Code against Kulwinder Singh.
Officers are now working to arrest the Punjabi man.
Fraud cases involving dating and marriage are prevalent in India.
In a previous incident, a man from Uttar Pradesh used Shaadi.com to meet a woman. He later scammed her out of Rs. 15 Lakh (£16,000) and raped her.
Sandeep Chaudhary set up a fake profile on the matrimonial site, claiming to be a businessman.
He approached the woman online and the two began chatting. He told her that he was single even though he was actually married.
Chaudhary lied about himself to the woman including the claim that he owned a successful and prominent business in Ghaziabad.
He eventually promised the woman that he would marry her.
His claims convinced the woman and she wanted to meet him. She also spoke about getting the wedding sorted.
Additional DCP Avneesh Sharma explained that the Indian man told the victim to deposit Rs. 5 Lakh (£5,400) to one bank account and Rs. 10 Lakh (£10,800) to another.
Chaudhary told her that the money would be used to pay for their new house and household items. The woman believed him and transferred the money.
He eventually met the woman in Jaipur and continued to promise marriage until he got to her apartment where he raped her.
Chaudhary escaped her apartment and stopped returning her calls.
After going on the run, he was eventually arrested.
Police stated that there was a possibility that Chaudhary may have done the same to other women.