A Hindu woman from Uttar Pradesh’s capital city Lucknow went missing on 13 November. She was recovered by police ten days later. On her statement, a man named Mohammed Salman has been booked for forcing her to convert to Islam. Salman allegedly posed as ‘Shyam’ to trap her in a relationship.
As per news reports, Khushi Kumari (name changed), a resident of Para Bajrang Vihar, was befriended by a man named Shyam. He later took her to Haryana on gunpoint. He threatened her that he would get her parents killed if she refused, and if she still did not elope with him, he would chop her head and bury her inside his house.
A scared Khushi left home to go with him. When they reached Harayana, he forced her to marry him. It was a marriage carried out as per Islamic rituals.
The parents of Khushi filed a missing person’s complaint on 14 November at Para police station. The police teams began locating the duo and finally traced them through their mobile locations.
The victim, as quoted by the media said that Salman kept a knife on her neck after which she was converted to Islam. A cleric made her recite the Kalma, and they got married later.
Another Hindi daily, Dainik Bhaskar, has quoted Inspector Dadhibal Tiwari from Para police station as saying (translated), “Accused Salman threatened the victim of killing her family members if she refused to go with him. She left home, late at night on 13 November. The family members registered a complaint on 14 November. The police traced the mobile phone of the accused and the victim and located them in Haryana”.
He added, “Accused Salman kept the victim in his captivity there. Salman forcefully converted her for marriage, and he also raped her.”
Inspector Tiwari said that on the basis of the victim’s statement and her medical reports, they have booked Salman for rape and conversion.
The victim recorded her statement under section 164 of the CrPC in front of the magistrate on 23 November.
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