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Actress Karishma Kapoor files dowry harassment case against husband

Following an application filed by actor Karisma Kapoor accusing her estranged husband Sunjay Kapur and her mother-in-law Rani Surinder Kapur of mental cruelty and harassment, Khar police registered a case Thursday. While the couple are currently fighting a messy case for divorce and custody of their two kids, Karisma approached the Khar police earlier this week with a complaint of mental harassment by her husband and mother-in-law. Following the application, the cops called Karisma a couple of days ago to record her statement and registered an FIR in the matter. Karisma alleged that she had been mentally harassed by the Kapurs over a period of time. Based on her statement, the Khar police registered an FIR (no 98/16) under the dowry section — 498 (A): husband or relative of husband of a woman subjecting her to cruelty — and Section 34 (common intention) of the Indian Penal Code.

Reportedly, Karisma has said that Kapur had caused her immense mental agony by “living with another woman and her child for the last two years in the couple’s Delhi house. Apparently, she has also said in her petition that he was “residing with another woman in Delhi with that woman’s child while still being married to her (Karisma).”

The estranged couple’s divorce case is currently pending before the Bandra family court. They had initially filed for divorce on the grounds of mutual consent, but Karisma withdrew her consent stating Sunjay had failed to meet certain financial commitments established in the consent terms. They then filed fresh divorce applications, and the case steadily became acrimonious. Sunjay made strong allegations that Karisma had failed as a wife, mother and daughter-in-law, and that she had married him for money. He also claimed that the actress was using access to the children to demand money, and added that she had denied his ailing father access to them as well. On her demand of more than 10 lakh a month, news reports read that she hasn’t asked for money from Kapur for herself, but has demanded more than Rs. 10 lakh a month for the couple’s children. Karisma’s lawyers sought time to respond to this and are likely to file the reply during the next hearing on March 3. In the last hearing, Karisma opposed her husband’s application for the interim custody of their kids.Arguments for custody will also be heard on Thursday, and Sunjay’s lawyer might file another reply in the same matter.