Manoj Shokeen, who has served two terms as MLA from Delhi’s Nangloi and Mundka constituencies, has been booked in a case of allegedly threatening and raping his son’s wife at gunpoint. The alleged crime took place on the intervening night of December 31, 2018, and  January 1, 2019. The rape survivor filed an FIR accusing Shokeen of rape on Thursday, August 8.

She told the police in a statement that she and her husband accompanied by her brother, and a cousin left her maternal home and were going to her in-laws’ home in Meera Bagh area in the evening. However, instead of going to the in-law’s home, her husband took her to a hotel in Paschim Vihar where a family get-together was arranged and her relatives were already at the venue to celebrate New Year’s Eve. After the party, the couple left for their house where she went off to sleep while her husband went out again with his friends for a drinking party.

While she was alone in her room and sleeping, she claimed that Shokeen, her father in law insisted she open the door on the pretext of wanting to talk about something. “After he entered the room, he started touching me inappropriately. Following which I asked him to go and sleep as he was drunk. However, he took out his gun, slapped me and threatened to kill my brother when I tried to raise an alarm. He then overpowered me and raped me. Initially, in order to save the marriage and my brother, I stopped myself from filing a complaint against him,” the FIR added.

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She added that he threatened to kill her brother if she spoke about the incident with anybody and that she did not speak up for all these months because she wanted to save her marriage and her brother.

However, he took out his gun, slapped me and threatened to kill my brother when I tried to raise an alarm. He then overpowered me and raped me. Initially, in order to save the marriage and my brother, I stopped myself from filing a complaint against him

A case has been filed against Manoj Shokeen under Section 376 and 506 of the IPC. Deputy Commissioner of Police (Outer) Seju P. Kuruvilla said, “We have initiated a probe in this regard and will take action as per law.”

This is not the first time she has registered a case against her in-laws earlier too she had  registered a case against both her mother-in-law and father-in-law with the Crimes Against Women (CAW) Cell in Saket court, for not having a healthy behaviour towards her. She filed this case soon after she got married in December 2018. “On July 7 this year in the CAW cell, my mother and father were harassed. An FIR has been filed in the Saket police station in this regard. On Wednesday, when I reached the Saket court regarding the domestic violence case and met the protection officer to record my statement, the concerned protection officer assured me of my and my family’s safety. Following which I narrated my ordeal to the officer and my parents,” the FIR read.

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