Imrana?s father-in-law guilty
IT?S JUSTICE for IMRANA. On Thurday, her 70-year-old father-in-law Ali Mohammad was held guilty of rape by district judge RD Nimesh, who awarded him 10-year rigorous imprisonment and a fine of Rs. 10,000, out of which Rs. 8000 is to be paid to Imrana.india Updated: Oct 20, 2006 01:40 IST
IT’S JUSTICE for IMRANA. On Thurday, her 70-year-old father-in-law Ali Mohammad was held guilty of rape by district judge RD Nimesh, who awarded him 10-year rigorous imprisonment and a fine of Rs. 10,000, out of which Rs. 8000 is to be paid to Imrana.
In case Ali Mohammad failed to pay the fine, he will have to undergo another six months imprisonment, the court said.
When contacted, Noor Ilahi, husband of Imrana, told HT that he was very sad that his father was held guilty and that he was worried about his health in jail.
Ilahi is at present residing in Kukra village with Imrana and her family.
While the All India Muslim Personal Law Board welcomed the judgment, Maulana Imran of the Shariat court in Muzaffarnagar said Ilahi should leave Imrana. Mufti Zulfikar, president of Indian Imam Organisation the decision of the court was completely acceptable to them.
Imrana hit the headlines, when following the rape a local maulvi issued a fatwa that Imrana had ceased to be the wife of Noor Ilahi and in fact acquired the status of his mother. This was reportedly later justified by Dar-ul-Uloom. Imrana and her husband, however, did not accept the fatwa. They later shifted to Kukra village where Imrana’s brother Imran lived.
Women’s organization and social activists, including Shaista Amber, Subhashini Ali and chairperson of National Commission for Women Girja Vyas, then took up her case, forcing the police to file a criminal complaint of rape against Ali Mohammad.
She was medically examined on June 19. Ali Mohamad was in jail since then.
In her statement to the court, Imrana not only charged Ali Mohammad with raping her but also alleged that he in fact outraged the modesty of all other daughters-in-law of the household.
The way Imrana boldly faced all pressures and onslaughts on her throughout the court hearing, generated a lot of public interest in the case.
She was even hailed by international women’s organisations.
Sita Ram Verma, advocate of Imrana, told Hindustan Times that Imrana had walked a difficult path never really bowing to pressure.
He described her as a brave lady, who fought for truth and the evil of atrocities on women in homes.