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Ram Phal, a dalit, and daily wage earner told HT on Monday that Rajinder, nephew of INLD legislator Dharam Pal Obra, had been raping his wife for almost four months.
Phal said that Rajinder had been blackmailing his wife with an MMS and also threatened her not disclose the rape to any one or else he would kill her husband.
He said, "When Rajinder's advances became unbearable for my wife she disclosed to me on February 21, 2012. First time she was raped on October 27, 2011. During this period I had been away to Rajasthan to earn bread for the family. My mother Manbhari and brother Ram Kishan are farm labourers and my father Ghadsi Ram had expired in 1992. My wife is handicapped and remains at home."
"Rajinder used to come to visit my brother, who lives in the adjoining house. On October 27, 2011 he entered our house and raped my wife at about 10 am," said Ram Phal.
He said, "After I came to know about the rape from my wife we went to complain about the whole issue to Master Dharam Pal Obra, uncle of Rajinder, and instead of giving us justice he abused and beat both of us. Ultimately I filed complaint with the police on May 27 and sent my application to National Women Commission also."
"When the Commission sought details of the case from the police we were again called by the legislator and he threatened us with dire consequences on July 14, 2012. A DSP who had come with our representation got some papers signed by us and left."
"Since then we have been getting threats from them. Last week we went to Hisar and met IG police who provided us police protection. We want arrest of the accused. I am without work and depending on my brother for subsistence of my three children and wife," said Ram Phal.
When contacted by HT, IG Police AS Chawla said, "SP Bhiwani has recommended that the case be handed over to the crime branch for investigation because the incident occurred last year. The next action will be taken after getting the report from the crime branch. We want a fair probe into the case because earlier once the victim had changed her statement before a lady lawyer. The police want to know the actual facts of the case."
SHO Ashok Kumar disclosed that since the victim is a married woman and mother of three children the medical examination could not support the charge of rape at this stage. No arrest has been made in this case.
When contacted by HT, Dharam Pal Obra, INLD legislator, said, "First of all Rajinder is not my nephew as such. He is grandson of my first cousin. The charges are fabricated. I welcome an open inquiry in the village where people of all castes and communities be called. If proved guilty I am ready to face any charge. There is some conspiracy against us."