In a country like India where rape has become a very common and people continue to force the victim to marry to their perpetrators which then leads the life of a victim to a constant pain and suffering. At times it is not just the victim who suffers but the child born from such marriage also shares equal suffering. In a shocking incident that has come to light, a 25-year-old woman’s baby was sold for Rs. 25,000 by her husband, whom she had married after he raped her several years ago in Uttar Pradesh. The youth was forced to marry the woman, whom he had raped in 2014. The couple had a baby later, who was sold by the man to a childless couple. In her complaint to Bareilly SSP, the victim woman who is now divorced said she wants her daughter back and the punishment for the accused. Read complete report here.
According to the sources, speaking about her ordeal the woman said, “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.
Last year in June the woman lodged a complaint at Premnagar Police Station 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.
“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. The woman has now filed a complaint with the SSP and wants a probe into the incident.
It is high time for the society to rethink before pressurising a victim to marry the accused. Such victims only need sympathy and acceptance.