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Stepfather booked for assaulting 7-month pregnant daughter after she married outside her caste

The incident happened on June 9, after which the victim, Deepika Shah-Vare was hospitalised.

pune Updated: Jun 15, 2018 16:20 IST
Shalaka Shinde
Shalaka Shinde
Hindustan Times, Pune
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Deepika was hospitalised for six days after being assaulted by her stepfather. (AFP REPRESENTATIVE PHOTO)

A man from Pune was booked for assaulting his pregnant stepdaughter for marrying a person of another caste, according to a complaint filed by her husband. The woman's father was identified as Ajit Shah, 68, a resident of Pune, and the woman was identified as Deepika Shah-Vare, a resident of Koregaon Park. Deepika is seven-months pregnant with her second child with her husband Pratap Kantilal Vare, 36.

The incident happened on June 9, after which Deepika was hospitalised. A case under Sections 324 and 34 of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) was registered at Chaturshringi police station against the father on June 12. Another person, identified only as Rashid, was also booked in the case.

"This is not the first time that this has happened. On June 4 I went to meet my mother. On my way out, he punched me and hit me on the head with a stone. I started vomiting. However, I went back to check on my mother whom he also beats up," said Deepika, while on her way back from Inlax Budhrani hospital in Koregaon Park, where she was being treated for the past six days.

Deepika is a postgraduate in commerce from Symbiosis and herhusband is a graduate from Ahmednagar. She is a Gujarati and he is a Maharashtrian. The intercaste marriage irked her stepfather, according to Digvijay Thombare, Vare’s legal representative.

"The police recorded my statement on June 4 as well. When I visited my mother (on June 9), he attacked me with a knife with the intention to kill me and my baby," said Deepika.

“This has been happening for some time now, but I’m concerned about my mother,” she added.

Thombare has filed an application in a local court for the charges in the case to be updated to that of attempted murder under Section 307 of the IPC. "This must probably be the first incident where a clear case of attempted murder is registered under Section 324," he said.

"The injuries were superficial or simple injuries. The hospital where she is under treatment has issued the certificate (to that effect). Therefore, the case of assault. Rest of the angles in the matter are a matter of investigation," said Sadanand Dhome, senior police inspector, Chaturshringi police station, who is investigating the case.

First Published: Jun 15, 2018 16:19 IST