A prominent Gujjar-Bakerwal activist, Talib Hussain, who had been on the forefront of demanding justice in the Kathua rape-murder case has been arrested for allegedly raping a woman in Jammu and Kashmir’s Samba district.
Talib Hussain was arrested following a complaint lodged on Tuesday by a woman who is his relative, a police official said. In her complaint, the woman alleged that she was raped by Hussain a month-and-a half ago in Chadwa forest, he said.
Hussain, armed with a knife, intercepted the woman when she had gone to the forest for grazing cattle and also thrashed her, the complaint said.
The complainant said she remained silent for so long as Hussain had threatened to kill her and that she told her husband about the rape on Tuesday only, the police official said.
The official said the activist had also been booked under the Arms Act and an probe had been launched in the case.
Earlier, in June, a case was registered against Hussain by his wife for alleged torture and dowry demand. In response he said the case was aimed at “aimed at maligning him for raising his voice to seek justice for the Kathua rape and murder victim”.
He was provided anticipatory bail by the Jammu and Kashmir High Court in the case.