Times of India
16 June 2010
By Yogesh Sadhwani
Rape charges had been filed against the man accused of keeping his wife in the dark
As Ambernath cops set out to arrest a 45–yr–old man, on charges of raping his wife and keeping her in the dark about him being HIV positive, they believed they were responding to their call of duty. They were flummoxed when they realised that the accused was bed –ridden and breathing his last.
The complainant and her husband married in December 2007 and stayed together for over a year. "It was a second marriage for both of us and we decided to put our past behind us. Everything was going on fine," said the victim, who used to live with her husband in Vithalwadi with her nineyear–old daughter from the first marriage.
After he disappeared, the woman frantically looked for her husband, in vain.
Finally she got in touch with his relatives who told her that was HIV positive.
"I got myself tested only to realise that I was HIV positive too. He obviously was well aware that he was HIV positive and yet married me by keeping me in dark," complained the woman.
On Tuesday the woman approached the cops saying she wanted to punish her husband. "We took down her statement and were all set to arrest her husband for rape. However, we were shocked to know that he is bed ridden and in the final stages of his life. The woman has also seen her husband's condition," said Assistant Commissioner of Police Smita Pathak.
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