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Hindu Woman forced by Husband and in-laws to adopt Islam and eat Beef in Phulwari, Patna

The police have detained two people after complaint was filed by the woman but the husband, Asif Iqbal and the Maulvi of the Madrasa are on the run

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  • A Hindu woman filed a complaint in Phulwari region in Patna, claiming that her husband and in laws forced her to convert to Islam and eat cow meat
  • She was blackmailed by a pornographic video made by her husband while being raped by him
  • The woman from Kolkata and Asif met through Facebook 

PATNA: A Hindu woman filed a complaint in Phulwari region in Patna, claiming that her husband and in laws forced her to convert to Islam and eat cow meat on June 13. She said that she was kept in a Madrasa for a month where she learnt the principles of Islam. Whenever she tried to refuse, she was blackmailed by a pornographic video made by her husband, when she was being raped by him.

The police have detained two people after her complaint was filed. The husband, Asif Iqbal and the Maulvi of the Madrasa are on the run.

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Hailing from Kolkata, the woman and Asif met through facebook. She was impressed when she saw the photos he had uploaded through his account. They soon exchanged numbers and an affair began. On Asif’s continuous requests, she went to Patna to meet him. There, she was sexually harassed in a hotel room. Asif had been filming the entire incident.

On her return to Kolkata, she found herself blackmailed by Asif. She went back to Patna, pleading him to marry her. There, she was assaulted by him, yet again. After a few days, Asif took her to his parents. On their demand, her conversion to Islam began.

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Even after she had accepted Islam, her in laws continued to torment her. Gathering her courage, she told about this to her mother in Kolkata. Together, they filed a complaint in the local police station. The accused are yet to be found.

by Devika Todi, an intern at NewsGram. twitter: devika_todi 

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    These frequent attacks on women, blackmails and conversions need to be stopped.Women are not to be pushed around or bend to our will.

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In Sierra Leone, cases involving the abuse of women have rarely been prosecuted. Spousal abusers, child abusers and even rapists have, too often, walked free.

A group of lawyers and judges — all of them female — has decided to take action to change that.

“We’ve seen a lot of issues affecting our women and girls in our society, and we believe that, with the expertise that we have, we can make a difference by rendering services to the women and children who need it most,” said Fatmata Sorie, an attorney and president of the group Legal Access through Women Yearning for Equality Rights and Social justice (LAWYERS).

The group was founded 22 years ago and offers pro bono legal work to those in need. One of the founding members was Patricia Kabbah, a former first lady of Sierra Leone and a lawyer herself.

LAWYERS has about 50 members, and Sorie says they discourage out-of-court settlements in rape cases, preferring to prosecute attackers to the full extent of the law. They also prosecute accessories to the crime. The group conducts outreach to families, encouraging people to break their silence about sexual violence.

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A five-year-old girl poses with her doll as she sits in her wheelchair in the courtyard of the Aberdeen Women’s Center, one year after a sexual assault that her family says left her paralyzed, in Freetown, Sierra Leone, Feb. 7, 2019. VOA

“We also start within our homes because, in most homes, we don’t sit down as parents, as families, to discuss issues,” she said. “So most of the time the children, the women, are not aware of the signs and symptoms. They’re not aware of anything until it had fully happened, so the conversation has to start from the bottom up.”

In an unprecedented move, President Julius Maada Bio in February declared rape and sexual violence a national emergency. The country had more than 8,500 reported cases of sexual and gender-based violence last year, but observers believe thousands of additional cases go unreported.

According to the Rainbo Initiative, a Sierra Leonean organization that helps survivors of gender-based violence, 93 percent of victims treated are younger than 17 years of age, and 24 percent are younger than 11.

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The presidential declaration is already having an effect.

“We believe the most prominent impact so far is that we will have more numbers coming out because people feel more comfortable coming up to report these cases,” Sorie said. “And we also have a situation where the regulations are passed based on the declaration that was made by the president. The process for prosecuting sexual penetration and rape cases would be much shorter based on the instruction and the directives.”

 

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The president also created a special police division to handle rape cases. But Sorie believes there is more work to be done. She would like to see the maximum penalty for rape increased to life in prison from the current limit of 15 years and wants stronger witness-protection programs. She also said the nation needs additional medical facilities to treat rape victims and forensics labs to test DNA samples.

“We need to keep the fight going and to curb this menace within our society,” she said. (VOA)