In the first case registered in Saurashtra under the amended Gujarat Freedom of Religion Act (GFRA), a garage owner in Dhoraji town of Rajkot district has been booked for allegedly raping a married woman and trying to force her to convert to Islam after befriending her, claiming he was an unmarried man.
The GFRA, popularly referred to as the anti-love jihad act, came into force on 15 June. The garage owner was booked after the woman filed a complaint at the Dhoraji police station on 11 June.
“The woman has stated that the accused (sic) told her that he was unmarried and assured her that he will protect her in all circumstances. The complainant also stated that the accused sent her some religious material on Instagram, asking her to read it so that she would convert,” said Sagar Bagmar, assistant superintendent of police (ASP) of Jetpur said that the accused is absconding.
The amended GFRA provides for imprisonment of three to 10 years for forcible or fraudulent religious conversions through marriage.
Police said that the 29-year-old woman got in touch with the suspect about one-and-a-half years ago. “The accused (sic) arranges taxis for outstation trips. The woman got in touch with him to sell her scooter. She hired a taxi driven by the accused,” police said.
The woman got to know that the suspect was married and had three children only when his wife went to the woman’s house. The woman is married to a man from her community and has a daughter, police said.
The police said that Mohammed arranged taxis for outstation trips and the woman had also hired a taxi from him. The complainant learnt that the accused was married, only after his wife paid a visit to her house. ASP (Jetpur) Sagar Bagmar informed that the suspect had been on the run from the law-enforcement authorities. Mohammed has three children while the complainant has one daughter from her marriage with a man from her own community.