Man loses wife in bet, gets her 'raped by friend' on pretext of 'halala': report

Nikah halala' mandates that if a woman wants to go back to her husband after divorce, she must consummate her marriage with another man.

Jaipur: In a shocking incident, a Muslim man from Jaipur lost his wife in a bet, then forced her to sleep with his friend on the pretext of ‘nikah halala’.

According to a report in Hindustan Times, the angry 42-year-old woman filed a rape complaint following the incident.

‘Nikah halala’ mandates that if a woman wants to go back to her husband after a divorce, she must first consummate her marriage with another man.

However, the woman alleged that her husband had got her raped by his friend. “I cannot get over the insult and shame meted out to me. I feel angry, depressed and scared,” she was quoted as saying.

The woman said her 50-year-old husband — who is her cousin — divorced her around eight months ago after 25 years of marriage. She claimed that he tried to convince her to sleep with other men, but when she refused, he gave her triple talaq.

“But he continued to live with me and had conjugal relations. So why the need for halala?” she questioned.

The man however, defended his decision to invoke halala.

The woman’s husband drove her to his friend’s house on August 5 on the pretext of going for a drive. Because she was feeling ill, he gave her some tablets to eat. However, after consuming those tablets, she began to feel dizzy.

After reaching the friend’s house, the man gave his wife more tablets. The next thing she remembered was waking up naked on the floor next to the man’s friend.

The husband warned her not to approach the police, even as he showed her a video clip of the rape.

However, the victim approached the police and sought Muslim civil rights campaigners’ help. She filed a case of rape against the man’s friend.

The man and his friend are now on the run.

( Source : deccan chronicle )
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