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Woman accuses husband, in-laws of domestic violence in Pune; alleges they took her to a godman for exorcism

The complaint was filed at Kondhwa police station after the girl managed to flee and reach her parents' house in Pune, according to the police.  

pune Updated: Jul 23, 2018 16:37 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times, Pune
crime,pune,domestic violence
The complainant has been married for the past three years. However, the accused husband is also involved with a woman from their neighbourhood, also a party in the crime.  (HT REPRESENTATIVE PHOTO/SHUTTERSTOCK)

A 21-year-old woman from Pune lodged a complaint against five persons, including her husband and in-laws, accusing them of indulging in domestic violence and for taking her to a self-proclaimed godman in order to exorcise her.

The complaint was filed at Kondhwa police station after the girl managed to flee and reach her parents' house in Pune, according to the police.

The complainant has been married for the past three years. However, the accused husband is also involved with a woman from their neighbourhood, also a party in the crime.

A plumber by profession, the husband has a child with the complainant, while the woman he is involved with also has two children, according to the police.

“They all took her to Hyderabad under the pretext of attending a wedding. They also took the other women with the family. While the complainant had an idea about their relation, in Hyderabad, the husband confessed his involvement with the woman. When the complainant reacted, they forced her to go to a godman for exorcism,” said Milind Gaikwad, senior police inspector of Kondhwa police station, who is investigating the case.

However, the police refrained from revealing the names of the accused as they are yet to be arrested. The people booked in the case include the complainant's husband, his parents, his sister and the woman he is involved with.

“He told her (complainant) that he had married the other woman (unofficially) already even though they are both legally married to other people,” senior PI Gaikwad added.

A case under Sections 498(a) (domestic violence), 406 (criminal breach of trust), 34 (common intention), 323 (voluntarily causing hurt), 504 (insult with an intention to provoke breach of peace), 506 (criminal intimidation) and 34 of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) along with Section 3(2) of the Maharashtra Prevention and Eradication of Human Sacrifice and other Inhuman, Evil and Aghori Practices and Black Magic Act, 2013, was registered against the five at Kondhwa police station.

First Published: Jul 23, 2018 16:37 IST