A 21-year-old woman residing in Kothrud and working with an insurance firm alleged that a married man who she got acquainted with earlier this year persuaded her and her parents for marriage posing as unmarried. The bluff was called by the woman’s relatives a day prior to the marriage after they visited his house to find out that he was married with two kids. Police have booked Navnath Kerba Pawar (28) under relevant sections of IPC and also arrested him.
According to the complaint filed by the girl, she works as a policy agent with Citrus Policy and her job involves selling policies to people. She said that in February 2016, Pawar visited her house and told her that he was interested in buying an insurance policy from her company. As was required of her, she gave details of the relevant policies.
After this first visit, Pawar started frequenting the girl’s house and used to cite one or the other reason to call upon her. “We got acquainted with each other well and after some time, he tried to persuade me to marry him saying that he liked me. When I told him that he should speak to my parents and his parents should also get involved, he started to avoid the topic. After some time, when I informed my parents about it, they asked Pawar to bring over his family to chalk out details about the union. He then visited my family along with some friends and it was decided that we would get married at a marriage hall in Alandi on May 9,” the girl said in a statement given to the police.
On Saturday, a day prior to the marriage, when the girl’s father called up Pawar asking for details about the number of people who would participate in the baraat, he gave some vague number. This spurred suspicion in the mind of the girl’s father who dispatched his brother and his younger son to the house of an aunt of Pawar’s (as claimed by him).
“Upon reaching there, the woman said that he wasn’t a relative of Pawar and she directed my brother and uncle to his house. A woman at this house told them that she was Pawar’s wife and he was married to her for many years and even had two children,” said the girl in the statement.
After realising that they were cheated, the girl approached police and registered an offence against Pawar. “The man has been booked under sections 406 and 420 of IPC and has been arrested. We are trying to find out if he has cheated any other girl using similar tactics,” Dilip Kulkarni, Police Inspector (Crime), Kothrud Police Station, said.