In a shocking incident, a man from Bhagalpur district of Bihar state bet his wife in gambling and allowed his friends to gang-rape her after losing his stake.
Quoting an official, a report by News 18, said that man later poured acid on his 30-year-old woman when she resisted the assault.
The report quoting Station House Officer of Mozahidpur police station, Rajesh Kumar Jha, said that the accused man identified as Sonu Harijan was arrested and an FIR was registered against him on Sunday evening.
“Due to the sensitivity of the incident, we have immediately registered an FIR and arrested the accused. Further investigation is underway and other accused will be arrested if they are found to be involved in this case,” the report quoted Jha as saying.
In a statement to the police, the accused said that he lost the bet a month back. As per the ‘commitment’, the woman was to be “handed over” to the winners of the bet for a month but the woman refused to go with them.
“We are studying the statement of the victim and have arrested the accused. He has confessed that he lost his wife in a gambling bet and also forced her to have sexual relations with his gambler friends,” Jha was quoted by News 18 as having said.
As the victim sustained burn injuries, her in-laws held her captive in a house in Mozahidpur to hide the incident. They gave her primary medical treatment, the report said.
The report added that incident came to light on Sunday when the woman managed to escape from her in-law’s house and reached her father’s residence in Lodipur and narrated her ordeal.
Her parents immediately took her to Lodipur police station where the police asked the victim to go to Mozahidpur police station, mentioned the report.