PHIDIM: Santosh Sanwa’s cheering dreams of spending a happy family life after returning home from a job in Gulf were a commoner’s desire, not too ambitious and were hardly meant to be shattered. However, the poor migrant worker’s average wish in life turned into his worst of daydreams, when he discovered, upon his return that his wife had already eloped with someone else, leaving their two children at lurch.
The destiny’s cruel dice kept rolling; a helpless Sanwa, of Memeng-8, Panchthar, came to know that his wife had not left a penny from his hard-earned Rs 1.6 million, saved during his four-year-long stay in Malaysia.
According to Sanwa, he used to have frequent phone conversations with his wife in the early years of his employment. However, the contact had thinned in the later years, he said.
Sanwa filed a complaint with police following the incident. Police were successful in finding wife Somanta and her second husband. However, the arrest did not show any light of day in the life of Sanwa, as his wife Somanta refused to return Rs 1.6 million that he had send to her in different installments from Malaysia, over a period of four years.
Police claim a number of persons have reported stories similar to Sanwa’s. According to police, foreign employment has been one of the main reasons behind the increasing number of divorces in the district.
Records at the District Police Office (DPO) Panchthar show that almost half of the cases registered with police in the district last year are related to troubled married relations. Nine out of 20 such cases were created due to the absence of husbands employed in the Gulf.
Another similar victim is Prem Raj Lingden of Amarpur-1 of the district. His wife Sunita Wagle married with a second person only three months after he left home for foreign employment.
Like Sanwa, he too filed a complaint with police after returning to Nepal. Police caught the woman with her second husband. But, after the couple admitted that they married each-other in mutual consent, police released them.
DPO Chief Dipak Pokhrel said such cases are increasing due to the lack of awareness.
“Perhaps wives feel alone after husbands go abroad,” he said. “And they find a partner to spend time with and eventually elope.”
Meanwhile, according to Pokhrel, police reunited four women who had left their families with their respective husbands, last year.
However, most husbands and wives are not ready to accept each other after knowing about second marriage of the spouse, he said.
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