Three wives of an army cook, against whom a police case was pending, on Monday petitioned Coimbatore Collector M Karunakaran, seeking action against the man.
During the weekly grievance day meeting at the collectorate here, three women, P Pushpalatha from in Mettupalayam, Ramya from Thrissur in Kerala and R Prema from Ramanathapuram, told reporters, Philip Joseph (33) from Periyanaickenpalayam, a cook in the army, first married Divya from Kanyakumari claiming that he was an an officer in the army. Divya divorced him after she learnt that Philip Joseph was a cook in the army. Joseph then married one of his cousins, Pushpalatha, and has a seven-year-old daughter. Concealing this, he again married Ramya from Thrissur and had two daughters.
Joseph again concealed the marriages and wedded R Prema from Ramanathapuram, from whom he had demanded a car as dowry. She found out that he was cheating all along and lodged a complaint with the Ramanathapuram police invoking polygamy charges.
Based on her complaint, police registered a case against the army cook, his mother Mary and sister Usha under various sections.
As the police were yet to arrest Joseph, the aggrieved women Pushpalatha, Ramya and Prema, petitioned the Coimbatore Collector seeking speedy action against Philip Joseph.