Sunday, March 16, 2014

India: PhD Student, 28, Raped After Discussing Marriage, Boyfriend Already Married

According to The Deccan Herald,  28-year-old PhD student has alleged that her boyfriend raped her on the promise of marriage. The accused has been arrested from Ahmedabad in Gujarat, police said on Saturday (March 15).

The woman is a resident of west Delhi’s Paschim Vihar and is undergoing the pursuit of a PhD degree from Vadodara in Gujarat. According to police, she reported the rape to police on February 22.

“She had alleged rape by a man named Neerav Panchal,” said Deputy Commissioner of Police (West) Ranvir Singh.

In her complaint to police, the woman claimed that she was in a relationship with the 31-year-old, who works as a tourist guide. 

Recently, the victim was stunned when Neerav told her that he was already married

COMMENT: The lesson-learned from this case for all women of all nationalities is to press would-be suitors for details...details...details on their personal lives, including past relationships, whether they have ever been married, etc.

Neerav later stopped talking to the woman and refused to respond to repeated calls. 

Investigators said that the woman and Neerav had met each other several times in Gujarat and Delhi. “She claims that he raped her on the pretext of promising to marry her,” Deputy Commissioner Singh added.

A case of rape was filed against Neerav on the basis of the complaint with Paschim Vihar police station. A team was sent to Ahmedabad and arrested Neerav late on Friday (March 14). 

Panchal is being brought to the capital for remand, pending investigation and trial.

This report will be updated as new information becomes available.