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Naresh Ramanlal Dave, US resident arrested at Mumbai Airport due to Section 498 (A)

US NRI arrested on Mumbai airport for deserting his wife in India,
- a red-corner notice by Interpol
- booked under the Dowry Prohibition Act.

Mumbai, Oct. 23, 2009
Ashwani Kumar/ Gary Singh-LA

NRI, Naresh Ramanlal Dave, 51, from Durham, North Carolina, USA, went to India to celebrate Diwali with his parents. On Wednesday, he was returning to America when immigration officials arrested him at the Sahara airport in Mumbai in connection with a dowry harassment case registered in 2005.

  • Naresh was booked under the Dowry Prohibition Act, 498 (A) of the Indian Penal
  • Naresh and Varsha were married at Umiya Hall of Bhagwad Vidyapith in Sola on January 25, 2005.
  • Varsha’s parents reportedly gave Naresh 25 tolas of gold and Rs 1 lakh in cash as dowry.
  • Naresh soon demanded another Rs 2 lakh. When Varsha’s parents expressed their inability to pay the amount, he began torturing her mentally and physically.
  • Varsha, 29, divorcee at that time, is a resident of Vastu Nirman Society of Gandhinagar. Naresh allegedly lied her that he was married once earlier.
  • During their fights, Naresh fled the country and Varsha lodged a complaint against Naresh with the Satellite police on July 3, 2005.
  • Gheekanta metropolitan judge issued an arrest warrant against the NRI on October 19, 2006.
  • The local police contacted the Interpol who issued a red-corner notice against Naresh.

Usually, INTERPOL issue a red-corner notice ONLY against those accused in crimes:

INTERPOL work focuses primarily on public safety, terrorism, organized crime, war crimes, illicit drug production, drug trafficking, weapons smuggling, human trafficking, money laundering, child pornography, white-collar crime, computer crime, intellectual property crime and corruption. In order to maintain as politically neutral a role as possible, Interpol's constitution forbids its involvement in crimes that do not overlap several member countries, or in any political, military, religious, or racial crimes.

The immigration officials at Mumbai airport detained Naresh Dave on the basis of three-year-old notice to Interpol. Now team from the Satellite police are on their way to Mumbai to take custody of the Naresh Ramanlal Dave.

Naresh Ramanlal Dave was married three times and divorce:

According to local media report;

  • Naresh was married three times.
  • In 2003, he first married US citizen Nisha Bhatt and went to America. Once he got settled, he divorced her.
  • Again, he married Vaishali Patel, divorced her and married Neeti Vyas.
  • In 2005, after splitting up with Neeti, he put up a matrimonial advertisement in Gujarat Samachar through which he met Varsha.

Section 498 (A) of the Indian Penal Code makes it mandatory for police to book husband and his parents and other relatives/friends whoever being named on the complaint by wife or her close relatives and jail them.

This section is non-bailable, non-compoundable (complaint can't be quashed) and cognizable (arrests without investigation to start working on the case). There are several cases, without investigation initially, police arrests elderly parents, unmarried sisters, pregnant sisters. Few parents and sisters have committed suicide after spending some 5 to 15 days in jail. Whereas, Filing a dowry case is as easy as ordering a pizza. . There is no penalty (even a fine) for filing a false case.

By using following analysis/research, one would say, this section needs amendments or appropriation (bailable/compoundable) before it inflicts irreparable damage to institution of marriage in India.

Currently, there is no law/ways for husband and his relatives escape harassment from his wife, if she looses tolerance and respect for other's emotions exorbitantly. Also, in-laws are deeply resented, if a bride's morale is affected or is molded by her parents by learning her knowledge of this section for their mundane selfish reasons or in meeting their demands.

Today, Some of the estimated 15,000 abandoned wives in Punjab, 12,000 cases in Gujarat featured in Indian media. NRI husbands seemingly developed less tolerance to marital problems too. Perhaps, may be adjustment to an environment of the foreign land and thoughts of sharing equal responsibilities.

Women should also not loose a bit of tolerance and respect for other's emotions inside marriage, by considering this section as a misuse tool, after all.

INTERPOL is the world’s largest international police organization, with 188 member countries. Created in 1923, it facilitates cross-border police co-operation, and supports and assists all organizations, authorities and services whose mission is to prevent or combat international crime. Its membership of 186 countries provides finance of around $59 million through annual contributions.

INTERPOL aims to facilitate international police co-operation even where diplomatic relations do not exist between particular countries. Action is taken within the limits of existing laws in different countries and in the spirit of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. INTERPOL’s constitution prohibits ‘any intervention or activities of a political, military, religious or racial character.’

NRI Ashok Agarwal from Toronto said:

  • It is estimated about 30,000 false dowry cases in India every year.
  • Once Married, if something goes wrong in between couples, Indian Women is threating and misusing the law i.e IPC 498A & DV Act.


Naresh Ramanlal Dave

Legal Status:

  • Present family name: DAVE
  • Sex: MALE
    Date of birth: 22 August 1958 (51 years old)
  • Place of birth: BOMBAY, India
  • Language spoken: English, Gujarati, Hindi
  • Nationality: India


  • Categories of Offences: CRIMES AGAINST LIFE AND HEALTH
  • Arrest Warrant Issued by: COURT NO. 20 GHEEKANTA, AHMEDABAD, GUJARAT / India