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Newly-wed woman raped by brother-in-law; tortured by in-laws

A 19-year-old newly-wed woman was allegedly raped by her brother-in-law at Bhiwandi town in the district and was subjected to torture by her husband and other members of his family, police said on Wednesday.

The incident of rape had taken place on July 1, police said.
Four persons – the victim’s father-in law Rahman Sheikh, brother-in-law Hasan Rahman Sheikh, his wife Gousia and the victim’s sister-in-law Naseem Istiaque – have been arrested by the police last night and a manhunt has been launched to nab her husband Rafique Rahaman Shaikh, said Police Inspector RH Saste of Bhiwandi Town station.

According to police, the victim married Rafique in April this year and moved into his house in Navi Basti area in Bhiwandi. However, her in-laws started harassing her and subjected her to physical torture.

On July 1, her brother-in-law Hasan sexually assaulted her at their residence. After the crime, she was confined to a room. They also tried to kill her by pouring poisonous chemical into her mouth, police added.

Hasan has been booked under Section 376 of IPC (punishment for rape), they said adding that he and other family members have been booked under various sections including 307 (attempt to murder), 342 (wrongful confinement), 406 (criminal breach of trust), 323 (voluntarily causing hurt).

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