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Sheetal’s FIR accuses Mafatlals of cruelty

MUMBAI: A month after her step-daughter accused her of stealing almost 40 priceless paintings from the Mafatlal bungalow, Sheetal Mafatlal, the second wife of Atulya Mafatlal, hit back by registering a criminal case of cruelty against her husband and in-laws.

Gamdevi police has registered an FIR under Section 498-A (cruelty to wife by husband, in-laws) of the IPC. Sheetal has accused Atulya, who is recovering from cancer treatment in London, his 78-year-old mother Madhuri, brother-in-law Ajay, his sisters Kunti Shah and Gayatri Zaveri (both living nearby in Malabar Hill) and Marushka-Atulya’s 19-year-old daughter from his first wife Payal.

The four-page FIR, in Marathi, talks of mental and physical harassment from 2006 onwards by Madhuri and Ajay. It says they beat her regularly with a wooden stick and in June 2006 she required “five days’ medical treatment at the government-run GT hospital.” After 11 years of marriage, she has said that Atulya is an alcoholic who used to beat her and demand dowry from her parents.

Atulya Mafatlal, speaking from London, told TOI, “I am aghast at the travesty of justice; that the police could even register such a bogus complaint without verifying the truth. My mother suffers from lung fibrosis. For the last five-six years she can’t walk 10 steps without getting breathless and neither she nor Ajay ever enter my side of the house.” Atulya added, “It is ridiculous to hear that they beat Sheetal who exercises 90 minutes daily with a personal trainer and can lift 10 kilos on her feet. Why would she go to a dreary government hospital and not to Breach Candy or Cumballa Hill next door?”

On the theft case against her, Sheetal’s lawyer Zulfikar Memon said, “It was a family dispute and there was no criminal angle involved.” But the criminal complaint by Sheetal can send her in-laws to three years in jail.

Fearing such “a baseless move” from Sheetal, Mafatlal matriarch Madhuri and Ajay had already got an anticipatory bail from the court that requires the police to give them a 72-hour pre-arrest notice.


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