'I am married to an Army man, not a rapist'

'I am married to an Army man, not a rapist'

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The wife of the Army man Pankaj, who is accused of raping the 19-year old Haryana CBSE topper, has decided not to spend the rest of her life with a ‘rapist’.

The 26-year-old Army man's wife has decided to annul the marriage and left for her parent’s home pledging to never return. A 'Mahapanchayat' of 51 villages from the area is likely to be summoned to discuss the issue. “I am married to an Army man and not a rapist. I want to end this marriage,” she said.

Haryana hinterland is arguably flawed by stereotypes were women often don’t come out in the open to raise their voice. However, Pankaj’s wife’s showed resolve and courage to face the adversity.

Pankaj, along with another accused, are absconding after the gang rape in Haryana’s Mahindergarh district, even as 10 days have passed. Families of the accused are facing hardship after the incident. Pankaj’s sister has appealed to him to surrender before the police to end what she described as a ‘nightmare’ at home for the family.