Wife raped in front of husband by money lender
In a harrowing incident that took place in February this year, a 34-year-old woman was allegedly raped at knife-point in Hadapsar, Pune, in front of her husband, who had defaulted on a small personal loan. The accused, identified as Imtiaz H. Shaikh, 47, had reportedly given an interest-free loan of Rs 40,000 to the victim’s husband. However, when the couple was unable to repay the loan, Shaikh started abusing and threatening them.
In February, he lured them to an isolated spot in the Hadapsar government colony and demanded the outstanding money, which they could not repay. Shaikh then took out a knife, threatened to kill the husband, and proceeded to rape the woman while recording the horrific act on his phone.
The trauma did not end there, as the accused later repeatedly demanded sexual favors from the woman, and when she refused, he callously posted the video clip on social media sites.
Finally finding the courage to seek justice, the victim approached the Hadapsar Police Station and registered a complaint on Tuesday.
“We tracked down the accused and arrested him yesterday… He was produced before the court which has given him a two-day remand till tomorrow (Thursday) and further investigations are on,” said Police Inspector Ravindra Shelake. The police are now investigating to determine if the accused had trapped other victims and exploited them in a similar manner.
Another similar incident
A horrifying incident of gang rape unfolded in Jodhpur, Rajasthan, as a 17-year-old Dalit girl, who had eloped with her boyfriend, was allegedly assaulted and raped by three college students in front of him. The accused, identified as Samandar Singh Bhati, Dharm Pal Singh, and Bhattam Singh (aged 20-22), brutally beat the victim’s boyfriend before taking turns to rape the young girl. The police arrested the culprits shortly after the incident, and they were traced to a house in Ganeshpura near Ratanada in Jodhpur. However, two of the accused suffered fractured legs in an attempt to escape.
Deputy Commissioner of Police (East), Amrita Duhan, revealed that the girl and her boyfriend had arrived in Jodhpur after eloping from Ajmer. However, when they sought a room at a guest house, they had to leave due to misbehavior by the caretaker. It was then that the three accused of the rape approached them at Paota Chauraha, offering them food and drinks and befriending them. The trio falsely assured the couple of help and later led them to the hockey ground at the old campus of Jai Narayan Vyas University (JNVU) on the pretext of guiding them to the railway station. Once there, they subjected the girl to a horrific gang rape while keeping the boyfriend hostage.
Swift Police Action Leads to Arrest of Accused
As the sun rose and morning walkers arrived at the campus, the assailants fled the scene. The rape victim’s boyfriend sought help from the walkers, leading to the police being informed. A swift police operation ensued, and the accused were soon apprehended with the help of a dog squad and a Forensic Science Laboratory (FSL) team. While attempting to escape, two of the accused sustained broken legs, and the third sustained a hand injury.
The accused, identified as college students Samandar Singh, Dharm Pal Singh, and Bhattam Singh, have been taken into custody. The police have also arrested the guest house caretaker responsible for misbehaving with the girl, adding another dimension to the incident.
The state government, led by Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot, expressed serious concern over the incident. Gehlot applauded the police for their swift action in apprehending the culprits and vowed to ensure that the accused receive the harshest punishment possible. Gehlot’s response reflected the government’s commitment to deliver justice for the victim and hold those responsible for the horrific crime accountable.