NAMAKKAL: The police on Tuesday booked a government college staff on charges of bigamy and slapped cases on four pastors who had helped him get married for the second time. Police said that Oscar (name changed), working as a lab assistant at a government college here, was booked under Sections 498 A (torture by in-laws) and 494 (bigamy) of IPC along with his second wife Aruljothi (name changed) and eight others based on a complaint lodged by his first wife.
Inquiries revealed that he got married to his first wife on May 21, 1992, and had two children with her. Meanwhile, he developed intimacy with Aruljothi and married her recently stating that he had obtained a divorce from his first wife. He had allegedly secured a divorce through an ex-parte order by forging documents.
However, the first wife, a government school teacher, came to know of the second marriage and filed a petition in a Namakkal court seeking direction to the police to register a case against him, sources said.
Following the direction of the court, the women police registered an FIR against Oscar, his second wife Aruljothi, pastors Nova of Thottiyam, Jayapaul of Good Shepherd Road in Tiruchy, and Lesley Newbin and Immanuel of Kavettipatti. The pastors were charged with helping him commit bigamy.
Sources said that four others — Murugan, father of Aruljothi, M Ariyanachi, mother of M Pudur in Tiruchy, M Arumaimani and her husband Montegu of Aruppukottai in Virudnagar — were also booked in the case. A police team led by inspector S Lalitha began an inquiry into the case.