The Gujarat High Court has stayed a criminal complaint lodged by a former woman cricketer against her husband and in-laws. The woman had accused them of harassment and dowry demands when she was living in the UK with her husband. The matter is listed for further hearing on July 3.
The woman, who was part of the Ranji Trophy women’s squad, married an Ahmedabad-based man in 2019. She then went to the UK in 2021 on a student visa and later her husband joined her as a dependent in June 2021. The couple had a son.
However, their relationship was not cordial and the woman moved to Ahmedabad in December 2022. Later she filed an FIR with the Sarkhej police station accusing her in-laws of instigating her husband. The in-laws allegedly wanted her to take up a job in the UK. She alleged that her husband would seek dowry from her and beat her over trivial issues.
Tired of the harassment, the woman filed a complaint before the concerned authority in the UK and the matter reached the court. A UK court then restrained the husband from being near the woman or the vicinity of their home for two years.
The UK court however allowed him to visit his son but he never visited the child. Later, she moved to India as she did not want to live alone.