A woman in Uttar Pradesh has alleged she was forced to undergo ‘nikah halala’ and marry her father-in-law who raped her following which a case was registered against five people, including her husband, police said Sunday.
Under ‘nikah halala’, a man cannot remarry his former wife unless she marries another man, consummates the marriage, gets a divorce and observes a period of separation period called ‘iddat’. Apart from her husband and father-in-law, the others booked include her husband’s uncle and two ‘unidentified’ clerics, a senior police official said.
Additional Director General of Police (Bareilly Zone) said the woman, a resident of Moradabad district, got married to a resident of Turtipura under the Nakhasa Police Station on 7 December, 2014.
“The woman alleged that she was thrown out of her in-laws’ house on December 25, 2015,” he said.
Following which on January 3, 2016, the woman registered a case against her in-laws for harassing her. However, on December 24, 2016, both the sides reached an agreement and she went back to her in-laws’ house, the police official said.
The woman filed a case of harassment against her in-laws a month later in January, 2016. In December that year, the two families reached an agreement and she went back to her husband, said senior police officer Prem Prakash.
That was the beginning of her nightmare. She was raped by her father in law in name of Nikah Halala
Her husband, his father, his uncle and two clerics claimed that as she had been away, it counted as a divorce and she would have to submit to nikah halala.
The woman alleged that she fought against her in-laws, but the two clerics brought in by her husband’s uncle forced her wedding with her father-in-law.
She was then locked in a room with her father-in-law, who allegedly raped her. In the morning, the two were divorced.
Soon after, the woman’s husband raped her and she became pregnant, the police said, quoting the First Information Report. The woman had a baby boy last year.
She alleged she had complained to the district magistrate but she and her family started getting death threats from her husband and others.
A case was finally registered on Saturday.
The ADGP said, “A case of gang-rape has been registered against the woman’s husband, father-in-law, uncle-in-law and two unknown clerics.” “The case was registered on Saturday, and investigations are underway,” the senior police officer said.
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