A first case under the amended Gujarat Freedom of Religion (Amendment) Act, 2021, has been registered by Vadodara city police. A 24-year-old woman lodged a complaint against Muslim youth named Samir Quresh. Police detained six persons, including five from a family, in connection with the case. The victim, who belongs to a Scheduled Caste, alleged that the accused used fake identity, lured, and later forced her to convert to Islam. She also alleged that Samir’s family hurled casteist abuses at her when she refused to follow Islam.
According to the complaint, the victim has alleged that she met a person in 2018 through a social networking site, where the accused used a fake identity and lured her into a relationship by promising her a “modern life” after marriage. Later, he raped her on four occasions at a hotel as well as in the flat of a co-accused, police said. The 26-year-old accused allegedly used intimate photos of the woman to blackmail her to marry him in a “nikah ceremony” and convert to Islam, tv9hindi.com reported.
“He blackmailed the victim that he would make public her nude pictures that he had filmed during the act and forced her to give in to his advances on multiple occasions. During that time, the victim discovered that she was about eight weeks pregnant and the accused forced her to consume abortion pills. The victim had a second pregnancy that was aborted at the clinic of a doctor at 21 weeks gestation, against the will of the victim” the police FIR said.
“Recently, the man decided to marry another woman to marry and began torturing the victim to leave him, she alleged," Police said.