Accused arrested for rape, forced marriage in Reasi

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Srinagar: A man and his two friends were arrested following a complaint filed by a woman, accusing a shopkeeper of rape, abduction and forcible marriage besides circulating her objectionable pictures on social media in Jammu and Kashmir’s Reasi district. 

The accused and other two were arrested from different locations after the victim lodged a complaint on Saturday, a police official was quoted saying by Business Standard. He also added that the search is on for one Amit Kumar, another accomplice of the accused.

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He said the woman filed a written complaint at the local police station alleging that Akshit Sharma has blackmailed and raped her several times for the last one year in his garment shop before abducting her for marriage.

In a complaint filed by the woman, she has claimed that she used to visit the shop of the accused person for shopping and one day, last year, she was offered a glass of water and after that she had found herself in naked after gaining conscious in the basement of the shop, the official has said. 

As per the report, the accused has reportedly told the woman that he has clicked her sensitive photos and would post them on social media “if she will not act as per his wishes”, he said quoting the complainant.

A case has been registered under various sections of the Ranbir Penal Code, including section 366 (kidnapping, abducting or inducing woman to compel her marriage), and 376 (rape) besides 66E (violation of privacy) under the Information Technology Act, was registered at police station Reasi and further investigation is underway.