Raima Valley MLA Dhananjoy Tripura had tied the knot with the complainant at Chaturdas Devta Mandir at Khayer in Agartala on June 10 this year
Raima Valley MLA Dhananjoy Tripura had tied the knot with the complainant at Chaturdas Devta Mandir at Khayer in Agartala on June 10 this year|File image
TRIPURA

Once accused of rape, Tripura MLA booked for domestic violence

IPFT’s Raima Valley legislator Dhananjoy Tripura was forced to marry victim earlier on June 10 after the woman levelled charges of rape & cheating against him on May 19

Chandan Panday

Chandan Panday

Agartala: Six months after getting married, Dhananjoy Tripura, the ruling Indigenous People's Front of Tripura (IPFT) MLA from Raima Valley constituency of Dhalai district, was booked for physically assaulting his wife on Wednesday.

Speaking with reporters, additional superintendent of police Amitaba Pal said that an FIR against the legislator, his brother, sister and mother has been filed with the West Agartala women’s police station.

“A case under Sections 498 (A) and 307 has been registered and investigation is on to ascertain the reasons behind it,” Pal said.

Ajit Debbarma, uncle of the victim, said that Dhananjoy continued to torture his wife since they got married after a case was filed of rape on the pretext of marriage.

Earlier, on May 19, the victim had filed a case under Sections 376 (rape) and 417 (cheating) of the IPC against the MLA in Mandai police station. Later, the case was transferred to the Agartala East women's police station.

The victim alleged that she was assaulted several times since 2014 on the pretext of marrying her once he became an MLA. He, however, started ignoring her and rejecting her marriage proposal.

Tripura at first denied all allegations and had said: “For party work, we meet a number of people on a daily basis. This could be a part of political conspiracy. The case has been filed to malign both my image and that of the party's. I will challenge it in the high court, if required."

The Tripura Commission for Women (TCW) had also investigated the allegations levelled against him and had found that they were true. In a statement, TCW chairperson Barnali Goswami had said that despite all developments, the victim wants to stay with Dhananjoy as husband and wife.

Later, when the high court on May 31 rejected the anticipatory bail to the legislator after feeling the heat due to pressure from the political leadership and family members, the legislator tied the knot with the woman in a temple on June 10.

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