Woman marries and cheats four, lands in prison

CHENNAI: A 37-year-old woman who married four men in different places across the state and cheated them of large sums of money is now behind bars.

K V Indhu alias Gayathri of Coimbatore was nabbed after her fourth would-be ‘husband’, building contractor Srinivasan of Mogappair, became suspicious of her activities. His inquiries revealed that she had already married and cheated three men and was planning to wed a fourth. Srinivasan, who had given her 50,000 and five sovereigns of gold jewellery at the time of their marriage in 2014, lodged a complaint with the Thirumangalam all-woman police.

Police registered a case, began an investigation and nabbed Indhu. She was booked under IPC sections 294 (b), 417, 419 (punishment for cheating by impersonation), 406 (Punishment for criminal breach of trust) and 420 (cheating).

She had uploaded her profile picture in a couple of matrimonial websites and was on the lookout for rich men to wed, police said. After living with them for about three months, she would spin a tale about needing cash to clear her debts and flee with the money

After every marriage, she would remove the picture with which she had snared her victim and replace with another one under a different name. She used names like Subiksha and Gayathri Sundaravalli and even her original name, Indhu. She always dreamt of living a luxurious life and after every successful caper, she splurged on expensive jewellery and dresses.

In 2010, she married Narasimha Rao, a building contractor and cheated him of 2 lakh. Two years later, she cheated businessman Ravi Kumar of Trichy of 1 lakh after marrying him and later that year vanished with 1 lakh from her third husband, a temple priest called Rajagopalan. She later ‘caught’ Balaji of Ambattur and was to marry him in Thiruvottiyur before her plans came unstuck, police said.

She conversed well in Malayalam, Hindi, English and Tamil. “We believe she had married more than ten men. She even advertised in newspapers for bridegrooms,” said an investigating officer. He said they expected more complaints in the coming days.

Source: The Times of India

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