— 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."

Anjhula and Satish's wedding... before the nightmare unfolded. PICS: Cimmaron Singh



13 July 2011 R&S Productions
very sad... justice delayed is justice denied

11 July 2011 Anusha Shetty
another link with commentary that makes sense and is fair, go girl!:

9 July 2011 Anusha Shetty
check this out from a post on fashion scandal, now that exactly what the model Anjhula is talking about: "The Deogarh Mahal was the one disappointment of our otherwise lovely honeymoon in India. We were booked in for three nights but decided to check out early because we found the place to be not at all the relaxing retreat we were led to expect. From the outset, it was clear that we were seen not so much as paying clients than as guests of the Rawat (i.e. mini-Maharaja), whom we were supposed to feel privileged to meet on arrival. The palace overlooks Deogarh where the poor townspeople undergo their hot everyday struggles whilst the Rawat, up above, lives his life of unearned opulence. We found this socially illuminating, but it hardly recommends the palace as a guilt-free place to stay. We began to feel like prisoners when we realised there was no way we would be allowed to explore the area on our own (not that there seemed much to explore), and would instead be hassled into paying silly prices for supervised trips out from the palace. Then we were informed that food tonight would cost around $70 for the two of us (i.e. easily more than a month's income for one of the Rawat's townspeople), and were told in no uncertain terms that it was compulsory. The staff were extremely rude in pushing us into paying this ridiculous price for a meal when we were not even hungry. We were literally told we HAD to eat the meal they were laying on. (We met another guest at the hotel who was very ill and had been told by her doctor only to eat rice, and even she was hassled and all but forced to pay for a large meal she wouldn't be able to eat!) We were not allowed to head into town for a local meal, which would have cost around £1.50, and eventually rather than let us out of the gate the staff compromised by allowing us to eat a dry club sandwich. Unfortunately, having mentioned that we had decided to check out the next morning, the remainder of our evening was plagued by a sycophantic manager, refusing to accept our decision. We have stayed in hundreds of hotels, but we have NEVER been faced with such pushy staff. It was a struggle in the morning to persuade the management to allow us to check out, and they even refused to deduct the deposit amount from the total bill. Whilst they did apologise for the shabby treatment, they insisted that this was down to one 'bad egg'; we maintain that it was due to money-grabbing policy decisions and a climate of cloying pushiness. Luckily we got away, and found a lovely heritage hotel in nearby Rohet for comparable price but of much better quality all round. We have used I-Escape before and have always trusted them to recommend lovely places to stay, but we found this to be a bad call, and would urge anyone looking for a peaceful retreat in Rajasthan to stay elsewhere."

8 July 2011 Neeta Raisinghania
Latika, you are right. A good unbiased journalist must get to the heart of the matter and report it. But sadly how many journalists who will fawn up to Anjhula when she is on the catwalk support her when she needs them? This is not journalism, this is politics! And sadly happens most in our country.

7 July 2011 Latika Taneja
Mr. Viresh, You are a journalist/writer, why don't you write something. All people talk, let's do something. I agree with Harshita and Malini.

2 July 2011 viresh verma
Anjhula, file an FIR and fight for it. Jas great job by raising such important issues through your portal. This is the de facto of explosive fashion....keep rocking

2 July 2011 manish sood
I am behind you Anjhula.

1 July 2011 malini
I dont think you are standing by her "anonymous" if you cannot even lend your name. It is very hypocritical and I hope you are not someone she expects support from.

30 June 2011 Anonymous
Anjhula, you're one of the politest and intelligent people I have met. You stand apart and know that the fashion fraternity is behind you all the way.

30 June 2011 Chhaya A Mehrotra
Unbelievable! Abuse of power.!! An educated royal family member is struggling to file a FIR, imagine what it takes for a common man!

30 June 2011 natalia
Have you consulted a lawyer, sweetheart? How can they refuse to lodge an FIR OR INVESTIGATE THE ISSUE? This is not democratic.

30 June 2011 sonam
Would you like to arrange a candlelit vigil for justice at a police station or ministry? I will get NGOs involved. The media would cover it.

29 June 2011 Komal Sarin
I feel for the bride.

29 June 2011 karishma
Jasmeen, it is indeed fair on your part to bring her horrifying ordeal into the public eye.

29 June 2011 LARA
The money issue may be private like the police said but holding families at gunpoint for hours is CRIMINAL.

29 June 2011 Anandita Sen
What is democracy if a chosen few rule the police, the legal system and extort money? It brings a bigger picture into focus.

29 June 2011 Harshita Narang
We are with you, Anhula. Somehow I do not feel candle-lit vigil in Rajasthan or India gate, Delhi would do anything other than create a buzz. We need to fight the judiciary. Speak to the television and the leading national dailies. DEMAND JUSTICE.

29 June 2011 lata nishchal
This is shocking. Justice was delayed but delivered in jessica Lal's case. Power cannot get away with anything. Fight till the end, Anjhula.

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