In a peculiar turn of events, a woman in Uttar Pradesh's Moradabad married her boyfriend, whom her father had accused of raping her.
The woman's father had filed a police complaint against the man on Wednesday evening. A day later, on Thursday, the woman got married to her accused-boyfriend.
She claimed her father filed a complaint against the man "without her consent".
Here's what happened.
Woman got pregnant, accused refused to marry her
According to a TOI report, the woman and the accused are neighbors. They got into a relationship some seven months ago, and the woman got pregnant.
When she asked the man to marry her, he showed reluctance. In the meantime, the woman's parents also got upset with her as she conceived a child.
Earlier this week, her father approached police.
Police were told woman consumed poison
On the basis of the woman's father's complaint, the accused was booked under Section 376 of the Indian Penal Code (IPC).
Apparently, police were told that the woman had consumed poison. They rushed to the hospital to record her statement, but she wasn't there.
Thereafter, the woman was found at the house of the accused and she declared that they had exchanged vows.
Police investigation revealed case was registered to pressurize accused
Meanwhile, SHO, Bhojpur station, Pradeep Malik said the case was filed to exert pressure on the accused and his family.
"We have verified her credentials which show that she is now an adult. Moreover, the girl stated in her statement that she was in love with the man to whom she has married now and didn't want any action against her," he added.
Nevertheless, the woman's medical test will be conducted
Malik said the allegation that the woman consumed poison was also untrue.
While everything about the rape case turned out to be false, police would still have to follow due process to file a closure report.
"Though the girl doesn't want any action against the accused man, she will be sent to a hospital for medical examination," Malik told the daily.