Mohali Man Faces Rape Charges For Refusing to Marry Live-In Partner

The Punjab Police has booked a case against 32-year-old Gurvinder Singh, a resident of Mullanpur, after receiving a complaint filed by his live-in partner 29-year-old woman.

Both Singh and his partner met a couple of years back and fell in love with each other. The woman used to stay in Chandigarh while the accused resided in Mullanpur before they moved in together in a rented accommodation at Kharar.

Refusal to Marriage 

Singh had promised her that he would make her meet his parents and both would seek their blessings for their married life but he never fulfilled the promise. A few months after moving in together the accused allegedly started assaulting the woman whenever she would approach him to discuss their marriage or meeting his parents.

After learning that Singh is deliberately delaying the process she tried to observe and relate his activities. After a few months into the relationship, the accused allegedly started going on work trips to different locations. The victim also alleged that he had another girlfriend with whom he used to travel to these locations. Singh used to take money from her frequently but later the accused started transferring money from the victim’s account into his own account without her knowledge and consent.

Though the woman learnt of his illegitimate relationship, still agreed to marry him for the sake of love, but all went futile when he refused to marry her after more than two years of courtship. It was after Singh refused to marry her she lodged a complaint before the SSP.

Charges framed

The police has booked the accused on the complaint of the victim. FIR was lodged against the accused under Section 376 (Rape), 406 (Criminal breach of trust) and 420 (Fraud) of the IPC. The accused is at large but he will soon land in the net of the police.  

What is Section 376

Whoever, except in the cases provided for by sub-section, commits rape shall be punished with rigorous imprisonment of either description for a term which shall not be less than 7 years which may extend to imprisonment for life, and shall also be liable to fine.

Clause 4: Charges of ‘Rape’ are framed when the intercourse happens with her consent, but when the man knows that he is not her husband and that her consent is given because she believes that he is another man to whom she is or believes herself to be lawfully married.

Source: Times of India, IPC Section 376, Image Source = Amarujala 

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