CHANDIGARH: In another case of NRI marriage fraud, a Britain based NRI; Baldev Singh Sahota has been arrested after his estranged wife Archana Kumar complained of criminal intimidation and cheating, here on Saturday.
Archana alleged that Sahota raped her for two years under the pretext of marrying her, she said she could not press charges against him in Britain due to her language handicap and because Sahota had threatened her with her son’s life.
“Archana Kumar along with her son went to Britain in September 2003 on tourist visa. She met Sahota, a friend of her uncle, there. He took the passports of Archana and her son to prepare an application for an asylum for them in Britain,” said Jitender Singh Cheema, a Delhi-based lawyer who is Kumar’s counsel.
According to Kumar she was married off to Sahota’s nephew Amritpal Singh in 2005 in Britain, in which Sahota signed as a witness, later she was sent back to India. In 2006, Sahota returned to India, gave Archana fake documents of divorce from her husband and married her in March 2006 at Zirakpur, near here, she said. “He harassed me both physically and emotionally. He beat me so brutally that many times I had to be admitted in hospitals for months. He told me that he has links with Punjab’s politicians and terrorists.”
“There are over 30,000 girls like me in Punjab only. I have gone through hell and I pray that I am the last girl who is fooled by NRIs. I could not complaint against him as I dint not know English. He said that he will kill my son if I go to the police,” she added.
Archana said Sahota was the chairman of the Indian Council in Coventry and had good links with the police there. “It took me many years to find lawyers because no lawyer in Chandigarh took up my case. He is very powerful and he can get me killed.” Kumar also alleged that Sahota had Embezzle all money from a lottery worth 600,000 pounds, which her son had won in Britain.