On Tuesday, a 24-year-old Sikh woman in Muzaffarnagar district retracted her charges against two Muslim brothers who were arrested for rape and fraud and charged under the anti-conversion statute after she filed a complaint. While giving her statement before a magistrate, the woman disputed the claims. The woman claimed to have submitted the complaint after being pressured, according to the police.
The woman had previously told the police that a man in her neighbourhood had forced her to convert her religion by marrying her. She further accused him of fabricating paperwork in order to portray her as a Muslim woman suitable for “nikah [Muslim marriage].” While the man she was allegedly married to is currently in prison, his sibling has escaped.“In her statement before the magistrate, the woman denied all charges levelled against the two brothers. She even denied having married [one of] the accused, and claimed she got the FIR lodged following pressure by some Hindu organisations,” said the Station House Officer (SHO).
According to the SHO, the complainant denied that the accused abused her or grabbed money from her. According to sources, the police want to go to court and ask for the accused’s release. The woman went to the police station on Sunday, alleging that a guy had sexually harassed her under the guise of marriage and was refusing to refund the Rs 5 lakh she had lent him. The accused and the complainant’s father both own grocery stores. In May, the woman claimed to have married the main suspect.
The complainant reportedly found out this month that her “husband” had married a Muslim woman. When she expressed her displeasure, her husband and his older brother allegedly assaulted and threatened her. Her spouse was arrested after she filed a police report, and he was brought before a local court, where he was sentenced to judicial custody.