Jaipur: Peeved over not receiving the expected dowry, the in-laws of a 28-year-old woman in Rajasthan have tattooed her body with abuses. The woman has also alleged that she was gangraped by her husband and his two brothers.
According to reports, the woman married Jagannath form Reni village in 2014. She was physically harassed over a long time for not producing the promised dowry of Rs 51,000.
Taking cognisance of the incidence, Women and Child Development Minister Maneka Gandhi asked the National Commission for Women (NCW) to probe the matter.
"I am deeply shocked and pained over this incident. Have asked NCW to look into this matter immediately," the Minister tweeted.
NCW chairperson Lalitha Kumaramangalam separately said the body has taken suo motu cognisance and will conduct an inquiry.
A complaint lodged with the police by her parents claims that over a month ago, her in-laws gave her a drink laced with sedatives, and took her to an undisclosed location from her village in Alwar where she was tattooed and branded. One of the tattoo on her forehead read "My father is a thief".
"They wrote on her forehead...they wrote many other things on her body," said her father.
"Her husband and brothers-in-law allegedly raped her and tattooed profanities on her forehead which her parents later made an attempt to get removed," a police official said.
She has been living with her parents since then, Mahila police station SHO Abdul Wahid said, adding the woman has still marks on her forehead and hand.
An FIR has been registered under sections of 498-A (Protection of Women Against Domestic Violence Act), 376 (punishment for rape)and 406 (punishment for criminal breach of trust) of IPC and an investigation in the case has been initiated, he said.
The police are yet to make any arrests....