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Runaway bride strikes in TN,cops launch hunt

10 HUSBANDS AND COUNTING: Kerala woman befriends men,gets married,moves out of home to hostel,vanishes with valuables

Written by Gopu Mohan | Chennai |
August 26, 2012 1:04:42 am

A young woman from Kerala is on the run after her series of marriages and desertions left scores of young men broke and heartbroken leading to complaints against her with the Chennai Police.

Shahanaz,believed to be aged around 33,has allegedly married more than 10 men in the last few years,including persons from Kerala in the initial years and a few more from Chennai after fleeing from there.

Her serial marriages came to light when two of her ‘husband-victims’ approached the city police,who in turn dug up more details about her peculiar way of cheating. As of now,seven formal complaints have been lodged against her,while speculation has it that there were many more who fell for her charm but are embarrassed to come out in the open with a complaint.

First to approach the police was one Manigandan,who works at a car showroom. Shahanaz told him she was in search of a man,whose photo she showed him,claiming that the person had cheated her friend after promising to marry her. The two spoke many times over the phone and became close very soon. She told him that she lost her parents early in life and claimed to be an advocate at the Madras High Court,who was also preparing for civil service examinations. The two soon got married — in April — although Manigandan’s parents did not approve of it.

Two months later,Shahanaz convinced Manigandan that she needed to stay in a women’s hostel so that she could prepare for civil service. Manigandan claimed he sold the jewels he had bought for the wedding to arrange nearly Rs two lakh,which he handed over to her. Two weeks later,she went missing from the hostel and is yet to be traced.

As the city police started probing the case,another person,Prasanna,a district level football player,surfaced saying he too had married her some years ago,only to find her absconding with valuables.

The modus operandi was the same,with just minor difference in the detail: the two met at a supermarket where she was working,got married,lived together for a while,she cited civil service preparations to move out of the house to a hostel and then disappeared.

According to Prasanna,there was an incident when another person claimed that Shahanaz was his wife and approached the police. The inspector at the all women police station questioned both parties,but allowed Shahanaz to go with Prasanna after the woman told the officials that the other person,Suresh,was a just a friend while Prasanna was her husband. The couple also produced a photo album of their marriage to strengthen their claim.

Police have now found out that she had also married one Rajesh,Chandrababu and Saravanan,while more names are tumbling out.

Apparently,her series of marriages began in Kerala over a decade ago when she married one Siddique from Pathanamthitta district. She then married one Shanavas and Biju — and perhaps more — before crossing the border to Tamil Nadu in 2006.

Police are now pursuing her as they suspect she may have been involved in other criminal activities as well.

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