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Dowry case: Woman allegedly raped, sold for Rs. 50,000

Sagar: A 21-year-old woman was allegedly repeatedly raped and tortured by her husband's relatives and acquaintances for dowry and was allegedly sold off for Rs. 50,000 at Tyonda village in Madhya Pradesh's Sagar district, police said today.

The ordeal for the victim, who hails from Madhdevra village, began when she got married to one Anand Kurmi in 2005. However, soon after marriage her husband and his relatives started harassing her to furnish Rs. 1 lakh in cash from her parents, police said.

She was allegedly forced to live in a place inhabited by domestic animals in her husband's village and his acquaintance Guddu Maharaj allegedly raped her taking advantage of her plight.

When her health deteriorated, the victim's husband left her in the care of his relative, Ram Singh Kurmi at Khurai town for treatment, but he and his two sons, Narendra and Lokendra, also sexually exploited her, the woman alleged in her police complaint.

Later, they allegedly sold her to one Dwarika Prasad of Mahuna village for Rs. 50,000, police said.

Meanwhile, during captivity, Prasad also allegedly raped her following which her condition worsened. He then sent her along with one Kharak Singh to Khurai for medical treatment.

But en-route, Kharak Singh also allegedly took advantage of her situation and after getting her treated at Khurai town left her again with Prasad.

The victim somehow managed to inform her father about her whereabouts following which he brought her back to his house on June 28 and reported the matter to Rahatgarh police station.

Police booked her husband Anand Kurmi and his relative Neeraj, Umabai, Kalabai, Ram Singh, Lokendra and Narendra Singh under various sections of the IPC, including dowry harassment among others, while Guddu Maharaj, Dwarika Prasad and Kharak Singh were booked for rape.

Police have so far arrested Dwarika Prasad (26), Kharak Singh (42) and Ram Singh (55) and efforts are on to trace the remaining accused.

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