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Wife accuses husband of rape after 16 yrs of marriage

AHMEDABAD: Dhandhuka police station has filed a case after receiving a complaint from a woman, who has accused her husband of rape after 16 years of marriage.

The 29-year-old woman said in her report that she was raped by her husband in 2001, when she was just 13 years old. After that, the man and woman lived together for 16 years, during which they had four kids. They’ve been living separately since 2012.

Police arrested the husband soon after the complaint was filed. His bail petition was rejected on the ground that he allegedly raped his wife when she was a minor.

“Even if the girl consented, having physical relationship with a minor is a serious offence and therefore his bail petition should be rejected,” public prosecutor Pravin Trivedi said.

The complainant also accused her husband of intimidation and domestic abuse. She said she was not allowed to speak with anyone. In 2011, her husband got involved with another woman and started beating her, she claimed.

In 2012, she left her husband’s house and went back to her parent’s home. However, her mother refused to recognise her after ten years and her father had passed away. The doors of her childhood home were barred to her. In order to survive, she rented a room in Rajkot and began doing domestic work.

The woman said in the report that her employer had encouraged her to file a complaint against her husband for “ruining her life.”

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