Woman inked with abuse tattoos over dowry

Woman inked with abuse tattoos over dowry

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Woman inked with abuse tattoos over dowry

A 30-year-old woman in Alwar district in Rajasthan was beaten up and gang-raped by her husband and brothers-in-law and inked with abusive tattoos all over her body for failing to fulfil their dowry demand.

The victim, married to Jagannath in Reni village, alleged that since her marriage in January 2015, her husband and in-laws were physically torturing her demanding a dowry of Rs 51,000.

In her statement to the police, the victim said her husband inked abusive words on her body after her family failed to pay dowry.

A temporary tattoo on her hands reads in Hindi, ‘My father is a thief’, which she later scrubbed off after a considerable effort.

According to the victim’s father, his daughter was drugged with sedatives, taken to an unidentified location and assaulted. 

He said “her in-laws forcibly tattooed abuses all over her body and continuously tortured her”.

A senior police officer at the women’s police station, who is investigating the case, said the woman claimed she was gang-raped by her husband and brother-in-laws and hence a medical examination was conducted on Monday at Shastri Nagar hospital.

The woman’s husband used to work as a tattoo artist and balloon inflator.

The police have registered a case of dowry harassment against the victim’s in-laws. They have also registered a first information report under Sections 498-A (Protection of Women Against Domestic Violence Act), 376 (punishment for rape) and 406 (punishment for criminal breach of trust) of the Indian Penal Code against the victim’s husband and family.