"My husband forced me into unnatural offences"
An Indian man organised for his wife to be gang-raped after she failed to meet his dowry demands.
The 27-year-old wife was allegedly raped by her brother-in-law and his friend.
Her husband also told her that the rape would continue if she did not get a dowry, compromising of an SUV and £5,000.
The woman filed a police complaint at the Rajabpur police station in Uttar Pradesh’s Jyotiba Phule Nagar district.
In her complaint, she said that her parents had given a huge dowry already, but her husband wanted more. She said:
“I got married three years ago. My parents had given a lot as dowry. After a few months, my husband and his family demanded £5,000 in cash and a luxury car.
“When I refused to press my father for dowry, they started torturing me.”
The wife continued to state that her husband and his family would abuse her constantly.
They also forced her into having an abortion when she fell pregnant as a result of the rape.
“When I got pregnant, they forced me to have an abortion. They started beating me up. My husband forced me into unnatural offences.
“When I moved to my parents’ house, he persuaded me to come back and I agreed.”
According to the Indian wife, her brother-in-law and his friend raped her when she moved back home.
However, when she told her husband, he warned her it would continue if she did not get the extra dowry from her father.
Following the wife’s complaint, a case has been registered.
Twelve members of her husband’s family have been booked under various sections of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) and Dowry Prevention Act.
The sections include gang-rape, cruelty to women, unnatural offences and voluntarily causing a woman to miscarry.
Speaking of the Indian wife’s case against her husband, Amroha Senior Superintendent of Police Ajay Pratap Singh said:
“We registered a case on the basis of the complaint. The accused are yet to be arrested.”
South Asian women are often abused for reasons related to dowry.
In November 2020, a Bangladeshi woman was allegedly tortured and set on fire by her husband for dowry.
Yasmin Akhter and her husband Mohammed Salimullah tied the knot in 2012. Salimullah had been demanding dowry since marriage.
He had also been torturing his wife for it.
On November 26, 2020, the couple got into an argument over dowry, and Salimullah doused his wife in petrol and set her on fire the next day.
Akhter survived the attack but suffered 40% burn injuries to her body.