Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) state vice-president Anil Hoble along with his wife Sandhya and son Milind have been booked for allegedly harassing his daughter-in-law Shweta for dowry. The Panaji police also rescued Shweta, who had numerous injuries on her body.
The step was taken against Hoble and his family after a complaint was filed by Shweta’s mother Suchitra Shirodkar. Hoble, his wife Sandhya and son Milind have been booked under Section 498-A, 323 (domestic violence causing hurt), 506 (ii) (criminal intention) read with 34 of Indian Penal Code (IPC) and Section 3 and 4 of the Dowry Prohibition Act, 1961.
Along with several injuries, Shweta had bruises and her face was swollen when she was rescued. Her mother, in her complaint, has alleged that Hoble threatened to kill her daughter.
“Victim’s mother received a call from Hoble at round 2 am on Tuesday, asking her to pick up her daughter from his home near Panaji,” a senior woman police officer told IANS.
“When we arrived there, my daughter had injury marks. Hoble also threatened to shoot us and chop us up with a knife,” Suchitra Shirodkar alleged, reported India.com.
Suchitra also said that Hoble and his family had been making dowry demands since 2009. However, Hoble dismissed these allegations. “There is no basis to these accusations. We have done nothing. I will speak the truth at the right time,” said Hoble.