Woman ‘abused’ by in-laws awaits justice

  • Deep Mukherjee, Hindustan Times, Jaipur
  • Updated: Aug 23, 2016 21:44 IST
The 20-year-old woman was “sexually exploited” from the seventh night of her wedding last year. (Pic for representation)

A 20-year-old woman who mothered a child from “repeated rape” by her brother-in-law is awaiting justice from the judiciary, which will hear a bail plea on the case on Wednesday.

The Rajasthan High Court will decide on extending the interim bail for the four accused even as the complainants claimed roadside assault ten days ago by the alleged tormentors of the woman, who was “sexually exploited” from the seventh night of her wedding last year.

The complainants submitted a memorandum with the chief minister’s office on Tuesday. They also alleged police laxity in filing an FIR after the August 13 attack.

The woman said her husband’s cousin, Rahul, raped her a week after she was married on April 21, 2015. She claims Rahul, 23, to be the father of her six-month-old child, adding the crime was in connivance with her husband and three other relatives in the family of building contractors.

“On April 28 last year, they laced my dinner with drugs,” she told HT. “Once I regained consciousness, I learned Rahul had raped me.”

Wednesday’s hearing will be on extending the interim bail for the woman’s husband Abhishek, father-in-law Girraj, his brother Kaluram and wife Laxmi Devi. Rahul was declared “absconding”, but the woman’s father said he was among the two who assaulted him on August 13.

Rahul’s father reportedly “contributed to the wedding in a big way”, and would say “we can recover the money in any which way we want”, he said, quoting his daughter.

“They beat me up and threatened me with dire consequences if I didn’t take back the case,” the man, a driver, told the police commissioner on Tuesday.

“We are searching for Rahul,” said Madan Singh, assistant commissioner of police, Adarsh Nagar.

It was on June 1 an FIR was registered at the Transport Nagar police station.

“At this, Rahul threatened to circulate a video he filmed during the act,” the father said. “The police are not cooperating with us; they prescribe compromise.”

The woman said her husband slit a vein on her left hand once she complained about his inaction. “There’s no difference between me and my cousin,” he would say, according to her.

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