London, July 16 (IANS) A man wanted in India on charges of domestic violence and dowry has been tracked down in a British county, a media report said on Thursday.
Ahmed Anees Hussain, declared “absconding” from India, is living in Norfolk county for the past four years, reported Eastern Daily Press that sent a reporter to track him down.
His ex-wife, television news presenter Fathima Sumaya Khan from Bengaluru, has pleaded with the British and Indian authorities to force him to return to India and face the charges.
“He is wanted in serious criminal case in India. So now I believe the British government has to take action,” she was quoted as saying.
Hussain protested his innocence when confronted by the reporter, claiming he intends to return to India and face up to the accusations within the next 12 months.
“I am the victim in this and I am in hell over it. When I get the money I will go back and sort it out and show that I am innocent,” Hussain was quoted as saying.
The 37-year-old has been working as a carer in an old age home for four years.
The couple had an arranged marriage and a week before the wedding, Hussain’s family allegedly demanded expensive gifts and jewellery.
Shortly after their wedding, the couple moved to Britain where Hussain had been living since 2007.
According to Khan, this is when his behaviour worsened and the police was called out to their house several times. She was classified as being at “medium risk” by Norfolk Police.
“The worst days of my life began the moment I landed in the UK. I was brought up in a very protective environment. I worked with some of the best media houses and I always felt safe and happy,” she was quoted as saying in the report.
After living for a while in London, Khan returned to Bengaluru in 2011 and severed contact with her husband, later filing for divorce.
Hussian was charged under the Dowry Prohibition Act and the Indian Penal Code for ‘subjecting her to cruelty’, ‘criminal intimidation’ and ‘giving’, ‘taking’ or ‘demanding’ dowry.