A woman has lodged a police complaint in Ranchi, Jharkhand, alleging that her husband, after raping her for over six years, divorced her by way of Triple Talaq in June this year.
- A resident of Ranchi, had joined an NGO as a counsellor in June 2013 where she came in contact with the accused, Sonu alias Md Abul Kaish
- The woman has filed a police complaint against this man, (her husband), who according to her statement, forced her into marriage, coerced her into embracing Islam and eating beef
- She has also alleged that he repeatedly raped her for six years, administered her sedatives to get her to have sexual relations with others, video graphed the act and finally divorced her by way of triple talaq
Based on the woman’s complaint, the police have registered an FIR under :
- Section 376 (rape),
- Section 376 (2) (g) (gang rape)
- Section 295A (deliberate and malicious acts, intended to outrage religious feelings of any class by insulting its religion or religious beliefs) and
- Various other sections of the Indian Penal Code (IPC)
Ranchi SP (rural) Ashutosh Shekhar said,
We have started the investigation. As per our information, the accused is not in Ranchi. However, we will find out the truth and appropriate legal action will be taken.
According to the FIR, the woman has alleged,
Sonu always used to put tilak on his forehead. In August, when I was ill, Sonu came to my residence and took me to see a doctor. On return, he gave me some pill after which I became unconscious. Two days later, I found myself naked at Sonu’s house in Ranchi. When I tried to escape, he showed me some videos in which I was in lying naked with some other man.
She has also complaint about being forced to embrace Islam. The FIR states,
Threatening to make these videos public, he asked me to follow his commands. One day, he asked me to wear a burqa (veil) and took me to a Qazi at Ranchi’s Doranda area. The Qazi made me to accept what he uttered. He then told me I had become a Muslim and my ‘nikah’ was solemnised with Md Abul Kaish.
I then realised that Sonu was not a Hindu and I was converted into a Muslim. He later forced me to eat beef. After losing his job in Ranchi, he took me to Delhi in August 2016. There, I experienced worst form of torture. He used to come with some other person every night to commit gang rape.
In May this year, the accused had gone somewhere else, leaving her alone in Delhi. The complaint also adds,
I then came to my village and after some days, I went to Sonu’s ancestral house in Rajmahal. There, his family members refused to accept me saying Sonu already had a legitimate wife from the same community.
The woman alleged she finally traced Sonu in Ranchi but he refused to accept her. In fact, as per her statement, he divorced her by way of Triple Talaq on July 27, 2019.
The accused, who is a lawyer and works in Delhi, however, denied the allegations when contacted on phone. Sonu (37) has claimed otherwise stating that the allegations are baseless and he has been falsely charged when he demanded his loan money to be returned. In his response, Sonu told the media,
Baseless allegations have been levelled against me. When I was working with the NGO in Ranchi, the woman was introduced to me along with her brother. Her bother and I developed a good bond. When I shifted to Delhi, he once visited me seeking some job. I helped him to find a job in a cloth factory. Later, he had taken a loan of Rs 3.75 lakh from me to open a cloth shop in Ranchi. When I demanded the money back, they started threatening me with lodging a false case.
According to the newly passed Triple Talaq law, the husband can be arrested on mere allegation of the wife or her relatives. We are not taking either sides in this case, however, with such stringent one-sided laws favouring women, will the men get a fair hearing if they have been falsely charged?
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