Police in India have arrested a woman who allegedly disguised as a man and tricked two women into marriage for dowry.

Krishna Sen was arrested in the northern state of Uttarakhand for demanding dowry, which is illegal in India.

During police interrogation it was revealed that Krishna was a woman.

They believe Krishna, 26, formerly known as Sweety, has been pretending to be a man since 2014 when she first married.

“We conducted a medical examination and found that Krishna is female.”

Krishna reportedly separated from her first wife soon after the wedding and married another woman in April 2017.

But her former in-laws lodged a police complaint accusing her of harassing their daughter for a dowry. They also alleged that she had borrowed 850,000 rupees ($1,3297; £9,467) from them to start a business and had not returned the money.

Police said Krishna told them she had always wanted to be a boy and live a “man’s life”, adding that it was unclear if Krishna parents were aware of what she had been doing.

The two women she married didn’t seem to have suspected her. Krishna never disrobed in front of them, and according to the police, she was never sexually intimate with them.

She mostly had male friends, used men’s toilets, and spoke in a different tone of voice, police said. She also reportedly smoked, drank alcohol and drove a motorcycle with her male friends to ward off any suspicion.

“With male hairstyle, dress and behaviour, Krishna used to live a male life. Nobody ever doubted Krishna,” another police officer said.

She even walked like a “confident man”, he added.

Police said they are on the lookout for Sen’s family, who were present during both the weddings and allegedly visited the homes of the two duped women.


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