German national alleges rape by husband, molestation by father-in-law in Punjab
A German national in her 20s has alleged that her husband had sex with her without her consent. She also alleged that her father-in-law molested her. According to her, when she threatened to file a complaint, she was abused again.delhi Updated: Jun 23, 2017 10:09 IST
A German national in her 20s has alleged that she was raped by her Indian husband and assaulted by her father-in-law in Punjab’s Gurdaspur.
The woman filed a complaint in central Delhi’s Paharganj area on Wednesday, after having an argument with her husband. The couple was in Delhi to sort out some immigration-related issues.
Based on her complaint, the police have registered a case in the matter and the woman will now have to record a statement before the magistrate under Section 164 of the CrPc.
According to her complaint, the woman said that she had met her husband over Facebook and fell in love. The two then exchanged numbers and started talking over the phone. She told the police she visited India a couple of times, before the man proposed marriage to her. She further said that she went to Gurdaspur after the two got married in November last year.
“She alleged that her husband had sex with her without her consent. She also alleged that her father-in-law molested her. According to her, when she threatened to file a complaint, she was abused again,” a senior police officer said.
According to the police, the couple reached Delhi on Monday, reportedly to complete some immigration formalities and were staying at a hotel in Paharganj, where they had an argument. “The woman alleged that her husband again forced himself on her. She then made a formal complaint, following which we have registered a case,” a police officer said.
The police said that they have asked the couple to furnish proof of their marriage. “We have asked them to submit the marriage invitation card, the marriage certificate and some photos as proof. The woman will now record her statement before the magistrate and further course of action will be decided after that. The husband has also been called in for questioning,” a senior police officer said.
In case the couple are found to be married, no case of rape can be made out legally, police said, though the husband could be booked under the Domestic Violence Act, 2005. Section 375 of the IPC considers forced sex in marriages as a crime only when the wife is below the age of 15. Marital rape is not recognised as a criminal offence under the IPC.