This Farmer Married A Rape Victim And Even Fought To Bring Her Justice, Proving That Not All Heroes Wear Capes
At a time when Haryana is constantly in news for gang rapes, honour killings and skewed sex ratio, a 29-year-old farmer from the state’s Jind district is challenging the narrative by marrying a gang rape survivor. Jitender Chhatar, a resident of Chhatar village of Jind, is happily married to the survivor since December 4, 2015. Jitender not only married the woman but also joined her in the fight for justice. Now, seeking Haryana chief minister Manohar lal Khattar’s intervention in arrest of one of the accused who is still at large, Jitender is coming to Chandigarh on Wednesday.
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Apart from providing her moral support, Chhatar has also got his wife enrolled in a law course. He told TOI, “She can join the judicial services or as a lawyer can help other rape survivors. We have already started a platform called, Youth Against Rapes.”His wife said other rape survivors were not as fortunate and face many hardships besides the trauma of being violated. “Since the day we got engaged, except for discussion with lawyer or in court we don’t talk about my case much. I and my family owe a lot to Jitender as part from fighting off the taboo, he is also facing the ire of the accused who try to frame him in false cases,” she said.
She said she was sexually abuse and blackmailed by Neeraj, a resident of Jind and owner of a coaching centre, along with four others, including a woman.Her family members had approached Jitender’s family with a marriage proposal. His family accepted. When she came to know about it, she approached Jitender to reveal the truth.”In fact she had called me to narrate her story how she was subjected to sexual abuse and blackmailing by Neeraj and others. She asked me to marry someone else since it could affect my social life. However, my family and I did not change our decision,” said Jitender while referring to the circumstances in which he had met her first.
He said thereafter he pursued his wife’s case with police and they caught one woman red-handed who had come to get an installment of extortion money from her in Panipat. Jitender said the case was shifted to Jind and rest of the accused was arrested. “Neeraj was the main conspirator and culprit who had abused her. Since the accused are well off, Neeraj and his associates even offered Rs 70 lakh to reach a compromise in the case. Later, he threatened me as well while asking me to annul the marriage.”When I did not, he managed to get two false cases registered against me in Uttar Pradesh and one case of extortion in Jind in connivance of a DSP,” alleged Jitender.