Mangalore, October 23: A statement has been delivered to the media by Vivita Sonia D’Souza, daughter of Patrick D’Souza resident of Amblamogaru in Mangalore, on Thursday October 23rd. In the statement she has alleged abduction, torture and forced wedding by several men, including her husband Roshan Shetty.
In her statement she has said that, “I stay in Amblamogaru grama with my parents and brothers. I am working for a travel agency after my degree and my marriage is to be held in December. I have quit my job and have been staying at home since a week. I am acquainted with a person known as Roshan through the Facebook account of his elder sister. He used to chat with me through his sister’s account and called me often, and one day called and said that he was in need of some money. I went to Laxmi Fancy, Market Road, Mangalore, where he is working, on October 15th around 10 am. I gave him Rs 6,000 that he had asked for. Soon after that, he made me drink some juice and forced me into a Maruti Omni”.
She further stated, “The car was driven by Praveen Kuthar and along with others named Sharath Amblamogaru and Ganesh Kumpala, he took me to a finance company belonging to Dinesh in Kadri. There were nearly 10 men besides those four people. All of them together took me to a room in the finance company. They insisted that I should marry Roshan and convert to Hinduism. They threatened to kill me and my family if I did not do what they wanted. Ganesh Kumpala and Sharath Amblamogaru threatened me with knives and swords. When I did not listen, Praveen Kuthar showed me a machine with a charge and threatened to give me an electric shock. They kept me in the same room for another hour”.
“Same day at about 3 pm in the afternoon, Roshan, Praveen, Ganesh, and Sharath took me to a house in Moodbidri in the Maruthi Omni car. There were nearly ten men in two different vehicles ahead of us and behind us. They took me to a house and to a room inside it. The ten men asked me to marry Roshan and threatened to kill me and my family by swinging various weapons. Besides this, Praveen, Ganesh, and Sharath physically tortured me and acted as if they will sexually harass me. When I denied, they detained me in the room. I could not contact anyone since I did not possess any mobile. The next day, on October 16th morning at 11 am, I was taken in a Xylo car by Roshan, Praveen, Sharath and Ganesh to Arya Bhavan on Arya Samaj Road, Mangalore. They took away all the records from my bag along with my photo and forced me to sign an unknown document. Later they took me to a lawyer’s office at Jyothi Circle and the 4 members forced me to sign along with my thumb impression on a document prepared by lawyers. After that, at about 4 pm, they took me to the house belonging to Praveen Kuthar at Gorigudde. They detained me there for some time and made me come to Arya Samaj at about 5.30 pm. Meanwhile, Konaje police came there and asked me to come to the police station,” stated Vivita.
“Meanwhile, a person named Jagadish Shenava came close to me and asked me not to go to the police station and to tell them that I am getting married on my own accord. He threatened to kill me and my family if I do not do as he said. Besides Shenava, the people connected to Sooraj International School were present. They have also threatened me and made me sign some records. The police who came there took my signature on 2-3 records. After that, they took me to a house in Thumbe around 9 pm and detained me in a room. Roshan, Praveen, Sharath, and Ganesh who were there have caused me mental agony. The people brought me in a Ritz car to the DC office in Mangalore at 10 am the next day and forced me to sign and took my thumb impression on some documents. After that they made me to sit in the office till about 8 pm. They then took me to a house in Attavar at 9 pm. The four people mentioned earlier were present there. They tried to sexually assault and harass me,” Sonia said in her statement.
“The next day that is on the morning of October 18th I was taken to the office of Dinesh at 10 am and made to sit there till 5 pm. They took me to Konaje police station at 6 pm. They took my signature there and took me to a house in Moodbidri at 9 pm. They tormented me mentally and physically there and forced me to say in front of the police that I am getting married of my own accord”.
The next day, on October 19th, they took me to Mangalore at about 5 am. After taking a room in Global Residency, they made Roshan and me to sit there. When Roshan went to take bath at 8.30 am, I opened the door and came home with the help of my elder brother. I pray to the Almighty that no girl should face such a situation. I have already met police commissioner of Mangalore and home minister of Karnataka and explained the injustice dispensed on me,” said Vivita Sonia D’Souza.