One of the most shocking and shameful incidents took place in our country where a woman has alleged that a man who raped her in 2014 and later married her under pressure from the elders when she delivered a baby later sold the infant to a childless couple for Rs 25,000. In her complaint to Bareilly SSP, the woman who is now divorced said she wants her daughter back and the man punished for the crimes.
Deputy inspector general Ashutosh Kumar said, “The charges levelled by the rape survivor are grave and we will make sure that the matter is probed by a woman circle officer and all angles are investigated.”
The woman told TOI, “It all started in 2013 when I got in touch with Shavez who was a trader of embroidery work. I was working as zari artisan and he used to frequent my house. He got into a physical relationship with me on the assurance of marriage. But once I got pregnant, he started threatening me of dire consequences if I narrated my ordeal to anyone or approached police for help.”
After pressure from society, the woman was married to Shavez. But he later sold their infant daughter to a childless couple for Rs 25,000, she alleged. According to her, he later divorced her and forced her into remarrying a middle-aged man who was father of seven kids. “I somehow managed to escape from him” she said.
The woman finally lodged a complaint at Premnagar police station in June last year and an FIR under IPC’s section 376 (rape) was filed, following which the youth and his family conceded to an agreement with the woman fearing police action. However, as soon as the police filed a final report in the case, the youth turned down the terms of agreement leaving the woman feeling cheated yet again.
The woman has now filed a complaint with the SSP and wants a probe into the incident. “I have been suffering for the past three years and want this ordeal to end. I want Shavez and his family to be booked for making me suffer and my child be returned to me,” she said.