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While it is horrific news to hear, but sadly, rape has become a commonplace occurrence in today’s society. It is really hard to go through an entire newspaper (if you still read newspapers that is) without coming across some incident on rape, molestation or other acts of sexual or physical violence against women. Add gambling to the mix, and it becomes a piece of news waiting to make the headlines.
One such heinous crime took place in the city of Jaunpur, Uttar Pradesh, where a mythological incident was recreated in real life. A man bet his wife in a game of cards and lost, but unlike the case of Draupadi, this woman sadly had no divine intervention and was inhumanly gang-raped by her husband’s friends.
As the story goes, the unidentified man, was an alcoholic and a gambler and in one of his drinking and gambling sprees, decided to bet his wife while gambling with his friend Arun and relative Anil. After losing his wife in the game, he apparently had no choice but let his playing partners sexually abuse his wife. Following the incident, the wife reportedly left her residence and went over to her uncle’s place, where she was followed by her husband. The husband apologized for his actions, and the wife agreed to return home with him.
If you thought that the story was horrendous up until this point, here’s where it gets ghastlier. Like being gang-raped once wasn’t devastating enough, the husband stopped the car on the way home and let his friends’ gang-rape his wife for a second time.
After the whole ordeal was over, the woman finally went to the police station to file a report, but the officers refused to take action on her complaint. Following this, the woman approached the local court, which eventually led to a First Information Report (FIR) being registered.
While this is a shocking example of the failure of the law and order machinery in the country, it is also a grim and real depiction of the lack of safety and security for women in India, especially in small cities and towns. Though an FIR has been lodged, whether or not any action will be taken against the perpetrators remains to be seen.
Cover Image Courtesy: Greater Kashmir.com
Disclaimer – This article has been edited at 1:30 pm on August 9 as the exact nature of the card game being played could not be confirmed. The word “poker” in the report has been replaced with card game & gambling.