Portuguese citizen charged with dowry harassment

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Bangalore, Oct , 20: Byappanahalli police have arrested a Portuguese businessman on charges of dowry harassment. Jimme Pereira D’Souza Bento (in pic), 48, from North Portugal and a resident of Old Madras Road, was arrested two-days ago based on a complaint by his wife Ana Luisa Onofre Alves, 45. The couple frequently visited the city on business and stayed at a rented apartment in Salarpuria Silverwoods Apartment on Old Madras Road.

The complaint states that Bento forced his way into the flat early on Wednesday and demanded 50,000 euros from Ana. When Ana refused to give him the money, Bento not only beat her, but threatened to kill her by brandishing a knife.

Ana managed to get away, rushed downstairs and screamed for help.Raju, a regular visitor to the apartment, heard her screams and informed the police who took Bento into custody. CMH hospital doctors confirmed physical injuries to Ana.

Police have registered a dowry harassment case under 498(A) of IPC against Bento and remanded him to judicial custody. Cops say the couple had filed for divorce in a courts in Portugal.

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