Reports on Wednesday said that the woman was handed over to another man by her husband after he lost the game of gambling.
Balasore: In a shameful incident reported from Malangbalikuti village of Balasore district, Odisha, a man allegedly forced his wife to sleep with his friend to pay off the money he had lost in gamble. The incident was reported from Malangbalikuti village in Balikuti panchayat in Balasore.
Reports on Wednesday said that the woman was handed over to another man by her husband after he lost the game of gambling. The matter came to light on Wednesday after the victim approached the Balasore superintendent of police (SP) Jugal Kishor Kumar Banoth seeking justice following refusal of the local Baliapal police officials to register the complaint against the husband.
SP Jugal Kishor Kumar Banoth said he had asked the Baliapal police to register a case and take appropriate action as per law. “I have instructed Baliapal police to register a case and take appropriate action as per the law,” Mr Banoth told this newspaper.
According to reports, the couple was married 16 years ago and they have one son and daughter.
On May 22 night the victim was forced by her husband to go near a farmland where the accused Abhiram Dalai was waiting for her. Her husband asked her to have physical relationship with Dalai against whom he lost in the game of gambling.
The victim, who was unaware of the gambling before the incident, alleged that Dalai took her to secluded place and raped her. After she returned home alone being sexually assaulted, her husband started torturing her blaming that in different pretexts.
Heartbroken by the behaviour of the man, children of the couple informed their maternal uncle about the incident. Even after intervention of the victim’s family members, the husband did not stop harassing the victim.
On May 24, the victim’s father sought help of the villagers to sort out the issue. A meeting was held at the village but failed to give justice.
Later, the victim on May 27 lodged a written complaint with Baliapal police that asked both the victim and husband’s family members to mutually resolve the issues without registering case.
“A police team had visited the village to probe the matter. However, the case was not registered after the victim’s father and father-in-law made a written request to police for solving the matter at police station on May 30,” said inspector Khyamasagar Panda, of Baliapal police station.