Nashik: Olympian and Asian Games medallist Dattu Bhokanal was booked for cheating and physical and mental harassing his wife on Thursday night. Following her complaint, a case was registered under sections 498
A (husband or relative of husband of a woman subjecting her to cruelty) and 420 (cheating) of the IPC, an officer said, on Friday. Bhokanal, a rower with the Army, is a resident of Talegaon in Chandvad tehsil of Nashik.
“According to the complaint, he married the woman as per Hindu rituals, and had promised her two times that he would marry her in a proper and public manner only to backtrack,” the officer said. He said the complaint was being probed and no arrest has been made so far. The woman is a constable with the Nashik rural police.
In 2015, she was introduced to Bhokanal at a felicitation ceremony held for him in Chandwad village, for his winning an Army medal. They became friends. “After a few days, this friendship turned into love and we decided to get married,” said the woman. The couple then got married according to Hindu rites at Alandi in Pune in December 2017, the woman claimed.
Not saying a word to anybody, they went back to their homes and informed families of their desire to get married in their presence. “We informed our families and twice, a date for the wedding was set, but at the last minute, Bhokanal backed out,” she alleged. From Dec 22, 2017 to March 3, 2019, she claimed, Bhokanal had been physically and mentally harassing her.
Whenever she raised the topic of marriage, he dodged the question, saying he would consume poison. Bhokanal and his lawyer refused to comment. However, Bhokanal rejected woman’s allegations, dubbing them as false, and that he would present his version in court.
Bhokanal was the only rower to qualify for the 2016 Rio Olympics, and also won gold in the 2018 Asian Games in men’s quadruple sculls. He had participated in the rowing single sculls event at the Rio Olympics, setting an individual record of 6 minutes and 54.96 seconds, bagging the 13th position. He was the first rower from Maharashtra to participate in the Olympics.