Man held for forcing two abortions on wife

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AbortionA Mumbai-based broker has been arrested in Meghalaya after his wife lodged a complaint against him. She has alleged that in the 14 years of their marriage, he forced her to go through pre-natal sex determination and abortion twice. The complainant, Prerna Narwani (35), also claimed that she was subjected to domestic violence by her husband and in-laws.

Prerna and Vivek Narwani got married in 1999. Narwani runs an agency in Lokhandwala, called Olympic Estates. Prerna’s family is based in Shillong and the couple has two daughters, aged 11 and 6. According to the complaint filed with the Meghalaya police, Vivek, his father Raj, mother Leena and sister Jharna, had been torturing Prerna ever since she got married.

Recently, Prerna sought help from Meghalaya Chief Minister and Home Minister, after which a case was registered and the accused were arrested. “I kept adjusting all the time. In 2000, in a fit of rage, my husband pushed me out of a moving car. The next year, despite being five-months pregnant, my in-laws forced me to abort the baby after finding out that it was a girl,” Prerna told Mumbai Mirror.

She added “In 2005, they again forced me to get the test done, and abort another baby. I had to face abuse and torture, but I tried to make the marriage work for the sake of my daughters. In 2010, my husband gave me a flat and Rs 25 lakh to my elder daughter, and asked me to sign divorce papers. When I refused, he started threatening me and my family.”

Reportedly, Vivek threatened Prerna and his own daughters with acid attacks and murder. He even asked her to return the money. The calls were apparently made from different international numbers. While Vivek’s family is out on bail, he is in judicial custody in Shillong till May 24. Sections of extortion will also be imposed against the family, said sources.

“At present, we are collecting evidence and preparing documents for the case. A team will soon leave for Mumbai. The victim has been suffering cruel treatment for the last 14 years and all efforts would be made to get her justice,” said Additional Superintendent of Police,Vivek Syiem, from Shillong.

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