Wife stops rapist man from marrying victim
THE WIFE of a person accused of raping a minor prevailed over the community meeting (panchayat) and did not permit her husband?s marriage with the rape victim.india Updated: May 05, 2006 16:58 IST
THE WIFE of a person accused of raping a minor prevailed over the community meeting (panchayat) and did not permit her husband’s marriage with the rape victim.
The rape victim wanted to punish the culprit in front of the society. The culprit, who was also called to the meeting, said he wanted to marry the victim. He community meeting appeared in favour of marriage. However, the wife of culprit stood her ground and opposed the marriage and finally the case was handed to the police.
A 14-year-old girl was repeatedly raped by her neighbour Hashim on knifepoint over a period of 15 days in Rahatgarh last month. The last time he did so was on April 29. On April 30, the victim’s father called a community meeting (panchayat). Hashim confessed his crime and said that he was ready to marry the girl.
Hashim is already married and has one girl child. His wife was also present in the meeting. She strongly opposed Hashim’s decision and did not permit him for the second marriage. Since the wife and husband both remained adamant in the meeting, the mufti (cleric) called the police and handed over the case to the SHO of Rahatgarh, Chandra Bhan Singh.
On May 1, the police registered a case under sections 376 and 506 of the IPC against Hashim, who is since absconding. Some two and half years back in Rahatgarh, one Rafik Khan was charged with raping a seven-year-old girl. The community people shaved off the culprit’s head, blackened his face, and took him around the town with a garland of shoes. He and his family were boycotted by the community members for two years and were thrown out of the tehsil.
Hashim’s victim also wanted the same punishment for him. But Hashim is an antisocial element and nobody dare take the risk to go against him. The case was therefore handed over to the police.