A person jailed for raping a widow wants to make amends and has supplied to take the sufferer — a mother of 4 children — for his spouse.
Such an offer is difficult to withstand in conventional Jharkhand, in which the stigma of rape can haunt a woman for the rest of her life. still, it took 38-12 months-old Sunita (name modified) over six months to decide on marrying the accused, Manish Kumar Soni (forty). The reason: He happens to be her son in- regulation’s elder brother.
The individual answerable for changing Sunita’s mind became no other than her own daughter, the rapist’s sister-in-law. The widow has now filed an appeal, looking for felony permission to marry her rapist in prison, before Dhanbad leader judicial magistrate (CJM) Rajiv Ranjan.
“I understand that marrying the elder brother of one’s son-in-law is remarkable, however, i’m pressured to do it for the sake of my three youngsters. It’s a question of survival,” Sunita told HT at the court docket premises on Wednesday.
The widow said her circle of relatives turned into being ostracized by other villagers for the reason that rape and, at one factor, she even pondered committing suicide. “My children should cover their faces on every occasion they task out of doors. they may be referred to as kids of a rape victim. Marrying him is the simplest option I have,” she added.
Sunita stated her daughter helped her through the hard period that accompanied the sexual assault. “I have no objection in accepting my mother as my sister-in-law,” the daughter advised HT. “She has the proper to stay with dignity, like all people.”
After listening to her plea, the CJM allowed the female to marry Soni. He additionally directed the Dhanbad jail superintendent to permit the marriage registrar to go into the jail, so Sunita and her rapist ought to tie the knot in accordance with the law.
within the FIR, Sunita had accused Soni of kidnapping her at the same time as she became out for a morning walk on July 18, 2016. when the widow resisted, he threatened to assault her with acid and kill her children.
The accused then drove her all the manner to Varanasi, accompanied by way of the Vaishno Devi shrine, wherein he applied vermillion on her head. He raped her time and again during the adventure.