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Four months after the Gujarat High Court granted bail to four accused in the first case registered under the Gujarat Freedom of Religion (Amendment) Act, 2021 (GFR 2021), the main accused, the woman’s husband, has been charged in a separate case of atrocity, causing harm, and criminal intimidation by the woman’s father.

The incident, which occurred on January 21, was reported at the Gotri police station late Wednesday. Meanwhile, the woman lodged a complaint against her father, accusing him of attempting to separate her from her husband.

According to a statement from the Vadodara city police on Thursday, the case, classified as sensitive, was filed based on the complaint of the woman’s 53-year-old father. The incident occurred when the accused went to the complainant’s house to pick up his wife and a confrontation ensued when the complainant accused the accused of assaulting his daughter.

The accused has been charged under various sections of the Indian Penal Code and the Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes (Prevention of Atrocities) Act, 1989. All four accused were granted bail by the High Court in October 2021.

Assistant Commissioner of Police Megha Tewar, leading the investigation, stated that the complainant had refrained from contacting the police earlier at his daughter’s request. An additional FIR has been registered, and the investigation is underway.

Advocate Sajid Sheikh, representing the accused, mentioned that the wife of the accused had submitted an application to the Vadodara Commissioner against her father just before the FIR was filed at Gotri police station.

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