A 70-year-old woman of a village in Jharkhand’s Garhwa district has accused a man of the same age of raping her but the police claimed the allegation could be a result of “desperation, fear and revenge”.
The victim’s only son is behind bars for allegedly raping the pregnant daughter-in-law of the man whom she has now accused of rape, police said.
The case against the victim’s son is pending in the Garhwa civil court.
The 70-year-old woman, a widow, lodged an FIR the day the alleged incident took place on January 18 at Sonepurwa village of Majhiaon block, around 230 km from capital Ranchi.
According to the victim, two men -- Surajdeo Chowdhury (70) and Kuarn Chowdhury (25) -- raped her while three others, who remain unidentified, stole cash and ornaments worth about Rs 2 lakh.
Inspector of Majhiaon police station Radhey Shyam Tiwary confirmed the FIR by the septuagenarian, who belongs to a minority community.
Surajdeo is the uncle of Kuarn, said the police inspector.
However, the police inspector said prima facie the rape case appeared to be “planned and motivated” and added that the “allegations appear to be a concoction of desperation, fear and revenge”.
According to him, the victim’s son Sheikh Perwez and another person are accused of raping the eight-month pregnant daughter-in-law of Chowdhury on February 18, 2013. Police subsequently filed the charge-sheet in the case.
“Her action may be a result of her desperate attempt to save her son, who could face a jail term of as long as ten years if convicted.”
He, however, added that the police are investigating the claims of the 70-year-old woman “in all seriousness”.
The medical test of the woman was conducted at the Garhwa civil hospital and police are awaiting the report for further action, he added.