Rashi, a resident of Kalyanpuri area in east Delhi, had got engaged to a man in January 2008. The groom’s parents took cash, jewellery and household items from Rashi’s family and forced them to arrange a lavish party on the occasion.
Rashi’s father spared no expenses even though he has three other children to bring up on his modest savings as a retired bus driver. “At the behest of the groom’s family, Rashi’s father threw a lavish party with over 200 guests. The groom’s family also took Rs 51,000 in cash, jewellery and other household items too,” said social activist Amita Joshi, who was approached by Rashi’s family later.
However, the groom’s family refused to announce the marriage date, saying that they first wanted a car. The distressed girl’s family, unable to fulfil the dowry demands, decided to go against the marriage and approached an NGO.
On March 18, they filed a complaint with the women’s cell at Krishna Nagar, against the groom’s family.
However, police did not take any action. About 15 days later, the girl’s family decided to file an RTI application, asking Delhi Police for the daily progress report in their complaint.
“Finally, we approached the deputy commissioner of police, east Delhi, regarding the RTI application. He referred our case to the Kalyan Puri police station where the station house officer called both the parties and settled the case” Rashi said.
“Within a week, we got our cash, jewellery and household items back,” Rashi, who has passed Class 12, and has now decided to start life afresh by applying for a constable’s post with Delhi Police, said. “RTI has cut many inflated egos to size” opines Amitha Joshi about the powerful act.