Police on Monday arrested Rajinder Obra, the nephew of Indian National Lok Dal Loharu legislator, on a charge of raping a disabled woman from the Dalit community.
Rajinder, nephew of Dharampal Obra, was sent to judicial custody after the police produced him in Bhiwani court.
The victim from Obra village of Bhwani district alleged that between October 2011 and February 2012, Rajinder of the same village had raped her and recorded the crime on a cell phone. The accused had threatened her not to reveal the incident to anyone, she complained.
On the directions of the-then inspector general of police, Hisar range, AS Chawla, the Bhiwani police had, on October 27, 2012, registered a case against Rajinder under Sections 376 (rape), 506 (criminal intimidation) and 292 (obscenity) of the Indian Penal Code (IPC).
Later, the victim had alleged that when she went to seek Loharu legislator Dharampal's intervention in the matter, he and his wife allegedly assaulted and threatened her. The police had registered a case against the MLA and his wife, Sheela, on the charges of causing hurt, criminal intimidation, obscenity, and provisions of the Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes (Prevention of Atrocities) Act in 2012.
"A special team under deputy superintendent of police (DSP) Surjit Singh Chahal was constituted to probe into the case. It found Rajinder guilty of raping the Dalit woman," Behl station house officer (SHO) Umashankhar Sharma said.
Bhiwani superintendent of police (SP) Simardeep Singh said the Hansi deputy superintendent of police (DSP) was probing the involvement of the Loharu legislator and his wife in the case.
Meanwhile, the police, on a complaint of the victim's sister-in-law, arrested the victim's husband. He was booked on October 27, 2012, the day Rajinder was booked. He was sent to judicial custody.