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Deserted wife and NRI

Ahmedabad, July 23: It was another case of a bride left in the lurch by her NRI husband. But this time a family court in Ahmedabad, hearing the case, ruled in favour of 25-year-old Krishna Vinodchandra Shah. The court ordered restitution of conjugal rights, which meant that the husband who deserted her over two years ago for no fault of hers had to take her back.

Krishna who was married to Vishal Shah, an NRI from Australia and son of Dr Chandrakanat Shah from Dehgam in November 2003, spent four months of a ‘happy wedded life’ before Vishal left for Australia in February 2004. He had promised to take her to Australia with him and even asked her to apply for a visa.

Krishna waited for a year for her visa to materialise only to learn from the Australian High Commission that her sponsorship application had been cancelled. Shattered, Krishna filed an case with the family court in Ahmedabad which directed her to send a public notice to her husband to appear in court. Vishal’s parents were called but even they refused to divulge information about their son.

Meanwhile, Vishal saw the notice and his photograph in Australian newspaper and fearing problems filed a divorce application in an Australian court. Krishna then explained her case to the Magistrate Court of Australia following which Vishal withdrew the divorce application. The family court in Ahmedabad finally gave the judgement in favour of Krishna. But her request for maintenance for the period of two years in which she was abandoned by her husband was not entertained by the court. Advocate Satyajit Sen, who guided Krishna on filing her response to the Australian court against the divorce application filed by Vishal, said, ‘‘It is very disheartening to know that educated girls like Krishna fall prey to such people.’’ Krishna, who has an MBA in Marketing from Chimanbhai Patel Institute was earlier working with Cipla Pharma. She quit her job after marriage. Krishna claims her family gave the dowry demanded. “However, Vishal again demanded money and wanted my parents to pay for his rent in Australia and other expenses which I refused. Angry at this, he cancelled my sponsorship,’’ she says. - Express India

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