Hyderabad: The Rachakonda Police in Hyderabad on Saturday arrested a Non-Resident of India (NRI) allegedly for raping and cheating a woman on the pretext of marriage. The 25-year-old victim also alleged that the accused, identified as Safdar Abbas Zaidi, also converted her to Islam on the pretext of marrying her. Also Read - MP Shamed Again: Grandfather Rapes 6-year-old In Front of Her Toddler Brother, Gives ₹20 to Keep Mum
The Malkajgiri police said that the accused and the victim met while the two were working in a software company and fell in love. The accused hails from Darulshifa but later settled in Dubai. Since the accused had promised to marry the woman, she followed him to Dubai. Also Read - Pune Cab Driver 'Gave Sedatives And Raped' Woman on Her Way Home; Booked
In Dubai, the accused asked the woman to convert to Islam because since it was necessary to get married. The families of both the man and the woman too agreed to the match. The two were supposed to marry in April this year. Also Read - 'Onus On Men': Imran Khan's Ex-wife On Pakistan PM's 'Vulgarity' Rape Remark
However, Zaidi cancelled the wedding after a tiff broke out between the couple, Circle Inspector of Malkajgiri told India Today. The victim and her family alleged cheating saying that the accused promised to marry her to convert her to Islam.
A case has been registered against the accused under sections 376 (punishment for rape), 417 (punishment for cheating) and 420 (cheating and dishonestly inducing delivery of property) of the Indian Penal Code (IPC). He was arrested as soon as he arrived at the Hyderabad airport.