A man was arrested by Naswadi police in Gujarat’s tribal-dominated Chhota Udepur district for tying up his 19-year-old daughter with iron chain so as to prevent her from eloping with her lover, after she refused to go to the family of the man with whom she was married by her relatives.
Police arrested Vasantbhai Rathwa from Simol village Tuesday afternoon after it came to light that he had allegedly wrongfully confined his daughter by using iron chain and locks to tie up her feet to a wooden log inside their hut.
Naswadi police said that the girl’s father and relatives had arranged her marriage to a person in Talsar village not far from their own village. She was married to this person a month ago. The girl, however, refused to acknowledge the marriage as she was already in love with another person and instead stayed back at her father’s place. Instead of going to her husband’s place, a few days ago, she managed to elope with her lover.
“The girl’s relatives started searching for her and soon found her out from a nearby village. She was brought back but not let to go out. The girl’s mother is no more so her father decided to confine her in such a way that she does not succeed in again eloping with her lover. So on Monday, her father locked her legs using an iron chain in such a way that she could not move,” said Naswadi PSI BD Shah.
The chain was then tied to a wooden log inside a hut, preventing her from moving, police said. A local social worker came to know about her plight and called up a 181 Abhayam women women helpline number on the same day. An ambulance arrived at their place and rescued the girl from the confinement and took her for primary treatment to a local hospital. The rescue team had to face opposition from some villagers when they refused to let her go. Help was sought from local police in releasing the girl, police said.
On Tuesday, police registered an FIR against the girl’s father and booked him under section 342 of the Indian penal Code (IPC) for wrongful confinement. Shah said that the matter was further being investigated.
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