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Difficult Customer

She was your average girl-next-door till she sent her greedy groom back. Now, she's an exemplar of courage Updates

Difficult Customer
Jitender Gupta
Difficult Customer
outlookindia.com
-0001-11-30T00:00:00+05:53
She called off her wedding, only to be married to a cause forever. And from now on, when stories of Indian women's struggle against dowry are recounted, 21-year-old Nisha Sharma is sure to be an inspiration.

Call it iconic courage in gender-unequal India or simple spunk, Nisha called up the police to report her greedy groom hours before her marriage last Sunday, even as 2,000 guests thronged her wedding pandal at Noida, a Delhi suburb. Her groom-to-be, Munish Dalal, along with his relatives, Nisha told the police, was demanding Rs 12 lakh at this last moment before the ceremony. And this in addition to the bridal booty he'd already extracted from her father: TV, refrigerator, AC, microwave oven, washing machine, music system—two of each, one for himself, one for his elder brother—plus a Maruti Esteem.

Dalal was arrested. And Nisha turned cause celebre overnight. A fearless, if fragile, image that newspapers and television have flashed many times over since. And the nation got to know Nisha, with her dainty hands henna-adorned, sitting against the many cardboard...
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