Muzaffarnagar: A ration dealer allegedly raped a 23-year-old woman in lieu of providing her with free government dole in Uttar Pradesh's Shamli district. The helpless woman had approached the local shopkeeper for her quota of government ration after her meagre savings dried up.

The woman's husband was stuck in Punjab due to lockdown, and she was left with no option but to venture out of her rented room where she lived alone.

“She stood in the queue for hours on Tuesday, and when her turn came, the dealer refused to give her the ration. After repeated pleas, the dealer said that he would come to her room to get her thumb impression after which he would grant her quota of ration. She agreed and left,” a police officer said.

“On Tuesday evening, the accused, Vinod, reached the woman's room. But, instead of giving her the ration, he allegedly raped her after taking the thumb impression,” he said.

The victim said, “I had no money to purchase food. So I went to collect free ration, but the dealer told me that he would come home to get a thumb impression on the documents. But, he came to my house and raped me.”

When contacted, superintendent of police (SP) of Shamli, Vineet Jaiswal, said, “On the basis of the complaint filed by the victim, police have booked Vinod under section 376 of IPC for rape. He has been arrested and sent to jail.”

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