Two Arrested after Woman Claims Rape and Forced Religious Conversion

Two arrested in Patna in sexual exploitation case.

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Patna: Police in Patna on Monday arrested two men after a woman filed a complaint against one of them for repeatedly raping her, then marrying her and impregnating her that led to an abortion, forcing her to convert to Islam and feeding her beef before divorcing her and leaving her on her own.

Photo of Asif Iqbal wanted in rape, sexual exploitation case.All this happened in a period of two years after the girl, a native of Kolkata whose name was not revealed by the police, befriended Asif Iqbal of Phulwarisharif on Facebook. One thing led to another and the girl came to Patna where she met with Iqbal. She was then taken to a local hotel where she was drugged and then raped by her 'boy friend'. When she protested, Iqbal threatened to make her video public on the internet.

In an FIR lodged by the girl, she was then converted into Islam and sent to a Madarsa where she was regularly beaten and forced to eat beef.

One day, Iqbal brought a Muslim cleric who, after a brief ritual, declared them husband and wife. When she became pregnant, Iqbal forced her to undergo an abortion while continuing to sexually exploit her.

Finally, she managed to escape from Iqbal's clutch and filed a report with Patna police. Based on her information, police have arrested two family members of Iqbal – Rizvi and Faiz – who helped Iqbal perpetuate the crime.

Meanwhile, Iqbal himself has gone into hiding as police continue to search for him.


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