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Saturday , September 15 , 2012
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Lady gets ‘hubby-swap advice’ from cop

Burdwan, Sept. 14: A homemaker in Burdwan today accused a police officer of suggesting she marry the man with whose wife her husband has allegedly fled.

The 41-year-old lady lodged a complaint against Burdwan police station officer-in-charge Subrata Ghosh with the district superintendent of police. She alleged that Ghosh had misbehaved with her when she went to lodge a complaint against her husband and asked her to withdraw the FIR.

The homemaker also said in her complaint with district police chief S.M.H. Meerza that her husband, a driver, had tried to set her on fire on the night of September 1. When she raised an alarm, he fled.

She came to know the next morning that he had fled with the wife of a neighbour, who is a barber.

“When I went to the police station on September 3, the duty officer refused to lodge an FIR. He asked me to lodge a missing persons’ diary. Then I met officer-in-charge Subrata Ghosh. He misbehaved with me and advised me to marry the man with whose wife my husband had fled. He did not allow me to lodge any FIR,” the homemaker said.

According to the woman, the OC told her that he could give many such instances.

The woman said she went to the police station several times after the “insult” but on none of the occasions was an FIR lodged.

Finally on September 11, another duty officer took the complaint.

“The gentleman was nice to me, gave me a patient hearing and took my FIR. But the OC summoned me to the police station yesterday and asked me to withdraw the FIR. I am feeling insecure,” the lady told Meerza.

OC Ghosh refused comment on the allegations. “Whatever has to be said will be said by the police superintendent,” he said.

Meerza assured the lady that he would enquire into the charges “with all seriousness”.

The lady told the district police chief that her husband had been torturing her “mentally and physically” ever since she got married 18 years ago.

“It could be that he did not like me or he had an affair with another woman. I had to bear with it because I had no other option. I have to bring up my two daughters,” she told Meerza.