It is a clear case of hate crime. A brutal act of revenge with the sole purpose of inflicting suffering and pain. A woman was allegedly raped by the brother of a man she had married and later left in Rajasthan’s Baran district, police said on Monday.

The woman was going back home with a man she was now married to along with the kid and her sister when her ex-brother-in-law and four others ambushed them near Chajawar village Saturday, police said.

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The culprits took the family to a nearby field. They attacked the man and tied his hands and legs with a rope. The main accused then raped the woman in front of her current husband, DSP Yogendra Singh said as reported by IndiaTV. The accused had a clear motive after the primary investigation. The officer said the woman, in her twenties, had left her first husband after she was unable to beget a child, which had irked him. She then remarried through ‘Nata Pratha’, a tradition that allows a marital relationship without any wedding ceremony.

According to police, the accused fled from the spot after the crime following which the woman along with her child and sister managed to reach the main road and sought help from passers-by. The passers-by informed the police about the incident. The police have booked five people for the abduction and gang-rape under the Indian Penal Code (IPC).

The victim’s medical examination was conducted on Sunday and her statement was recorded before a magistrate on Monday, Atru Station House Officer Ramkishan said, as reported by The Indian Express.

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The former brother-in-law and two of his accomplices were detained on Sunday, the DSP said. He said efforts are on to find the remaining accused in the case. The victim and her former husband had filed complaints against each other in the past and investigation into the cases are also underway, the SHO added.

It is important that the accused is nabbed quickly, and the victim is provided state support. In recent times, Rajasthan has seen a rise in crime against women, and this incident is another addition to the long last of hate crimes against women. The need of the hour is to look at the problem not as an individual one, but as a societal problem, that would help formulate and undertake corrective measures for a better and safer society.


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