Man assaulted by in-laws for refusing to convert

published on April 10, 2008

Kapil Datta, Hindustan Times
Noida, April 10, 2008

A man was reportedly thrashed by his in-laws in the Sector 18 market on Tuesday night for refusing to change his religion, the victim claimed. He has been admitted at Vinayak Hospital.

Speaking to HT from the hospital, businessman NK Gupta said his in-laws assaulted him and hit his head with a rod and a sword when he was getting into his car with his friend Pankaj.

“I married Ruhi, daughter of Imran five years ago. It was a love marriage. Her family did not object then, as I had enough money. Later, they told me to convert to their religion bur I refused,” said Gupta.

“In 2007, I was implicated in a false case and came out on bail on March 29. When I went to my house at Indirapuram Niti Khand, I was told my in-laws had taken my wife and the goods. A few days later, my wife called and asked me to save her. Her aunt told me that they have sold my wife to a Kashmiri,” he added.

Gupta’s friend Pankaj Nangia was injured in the assault. He told HT from his hospital bed, “When I tried to intervene and save Gupta, I also suffered injury in my hand. They were bent on killing him.”

Station Officer G Shrotriy of the Sector 20 police s said, “We received a complaint has been received and investigations are on. Gupta has named his in-laws as accused.”

A doctor at Vinayak Hospital said, “Gupta’s condition is stable but he is still in ICU for observation.”

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