— Jasmeen Dugal
It was a fairytale wedding. New York-based supermodel and Royal Rajput Anjhula Singh Bais weds industrialist Satish Selvanathan. No one could foresee the nightmare that was to follow.
I have heard of a fair share of wedding nightmares but nothing comes close to the horror this newly wed and their families lived through. What I read in the newspaper last week was the wedding nightmare to end all wedding nightmares... especially since it involved a dear friend. I read the feature in a state of panic and horror and I cannot even describe the deep sadness when I realized justice was still pending... and may not be delivered.
According to the report in Times of India, Rajasthan, Anjhula Mya Singh Bais had lodged a complaint with the Rajsamand superintendent of police on January 24, 2011. She had alleged that on the final day of her wedding at Deogarh Palace on October 24, 2010 the former royal family of Deogarh kept her and her husband Satish Selvanathan hostage for sixteen hours at gunpoint! The Deogarh owners let them go only after "fleecing" them for the "pathetic" services they had provided during the four-day wedding ceremony. However, the police did not even register a case stating it was an imbursement disagreement between two families and therefore, it did not warrant registration. Strangely, the police have stuck to their stance even after Member of Parliament from Kendrapara Baijayant 'Jay' Panda wrote a letter to the Rajasthan director general of police H C Meena on May 13, 2011 requesting him to examine the matter and take suitable action. Anjhula claims that the police were not taking cognizance of her complaint owing to the influence of the Deogarh family even though the police accepted they received the letter and the SP of Rajasamand reassured them that he would email her the case number but until date, nothing has been done.
I am sharing this story with you, our readers, so you are aware of the trauma a newly wed couple went through while people who held them at gunpoint have walked away free. Seeing these events unfold it is clear that the police have a long way to go before punishment is meted out to wrongdoers… surely there must be some way to raise a voice as one and boost the law enforcement agencies to deliver justice? As Josei Toda rightly said: "The good, but fainthearted, in failing to fight evil, are ultimately defeated by it."