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Business News/ News / 7 booked in Karnataka's Belagavi for blackmailing woman with ‘private pics’: ‘Forced to perform namaz…'
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7 booked in Karnataka's Belagavi for blackmailing woman with ‘private pics’: ‘Forced to perform namaz…'

Belagavi police filed an FIR against a couple and five others for allegedly coercing a woman to convert to Islam using private photos. The accused face various charges including rape and intimidation.

An FIR has been filed against seven individuals for allegedly forcing a woman to convert to Islam using her private photos. Premium
An FIR has been filed against seven individuals for allegedly forcing a woman to convert to Islam using her private photos.

Police in Karnataka's Belagavi has registered an FIR against a couple and five others for allegedly forcing a 28-year-old woman to convert to Islam after blackmailing her with her private photos, newswire ANI reported.

The accused, identified as Rafik and his wife, allegedly engaged in sexual activities with the victim and then took intimate photos of her, according to a complaint filed by the victim.

“He was using the photos to to blackmail her into converting to Islam," police said. ANI further reported that an FIR has been registered in Saundatti against seven people based on the woman's complaint.

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Revealing details of the case, the police said that the accused couple and the victim were living together. In 2023, Rafik allegedly raped her and demanded her conversion to Islam. According to the complaint, he also asked her to wear a burqa instead of “kumkum".

Superintendent of Police (SP) Belagavi, Bheemashankar S Guled, told ANI that the couple forced the lady to perform namaz five times, wear a burqa, and not wear kumkum. Moreover, Rafik also threatened to reveal her intimate photos if she did not divorce her husband, live with them and convert to Islam. 

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Meanwhile, the police said that the accused face charges under the Karnataka Protection of Right to Freedom of Religion Act, relevant sections of the IT law, the SC/ST Act, and the Indian Penal Code, including those for rape, kidnapping, wrongful confinement, and criminal intimidation.

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The gruesome incident has come to light amid another incident of the murder of Neha Hiremath, the daughter of a Congress corporator, on a college campus in Hubballi. The tragic death of the Karnataka college student has triggered a row between the BJP and the Congress party. On April 19, Niranjan Hiremath, the Congress corporator and father of the deceased, asserted that his daughter met a tragic end after refusing the proposal of the accused.

(With inputs from ANI)

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Published: 22 Apr 2024, 11:31 AM IST
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