NEW DELHI: In a bold move, a 20-year-old woman sent her would be in-laws packing from the wedding venue on the day of her marriage on Sunday night, allegedly because the groom's family demanded dowry from her father. The woman, identified as Uma Verma, is a resident of RZ block in Rajapuri area of Dabri in south-west Delhi. Her father Ram Nath Verma runs a tailoring shop in the area. Verma was to get married to one 22-year-old Mahendra Kumar, a wholesaler of readymade garments, on Sunday night.

According to a police official, when the wedding party arrived at the venue, it was raining and thus the arrangements were “not up to the mark”. This irked the groom's family and they started arguing with the bride's family. "According to Verma's complaint, the argument turned very heated and somewhere along the line Mahendra's father Shyam Charan, a jewellery shop owner, said that the girl's family had not even given them any dowry and thus, he demanded Rs 1 lakh and a motorcycle on the spot, failing which he would take his son and walk out," said a police official. Verma's father requested him to take back this condition because he could not produce so much money instantly. Reportedly, he even promised to arrange for the money within a week of the wedding, but Mahendra's family was unrelenting.

The police official added that as Uma's father haggled with Mahendra's father and uncle for some time, the girl herself came out and learnt what was going on. She immediately asked them to leave. "After seeing the bride's mood, Shyam Charan allegedly tried to soften his stance, but Uma asked them to leave and they eventually left," said the official. He stated that based on her complaint, a case of dowry harassment was lodged against Shyam

Charan and his brother Prem Chand, who were then arrested by the police.