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Patna, Jan.19: The Filipino woman posted at the US airbase in Afghanistan has decided she loves her “boyfriend” from West Champaran too much for him to be sent to jail for her sake.
Four days ago, the woman had emailed director-general of police (DGP) Abhayanand, accusing a 26-year-old West Champaran resident of sexually exploiting her on the pretext of marrying her. Today, the lady called Gaya senior superintendent of police (SSP) Vinay Kumar, requesting him not to send her “boyfriend” to jail as she loves him very much.
The youth has, however, been arrested and was taken to Gaya today. A case was lodged against him with Bodhgaya police station after the woman emailed Abhayanand. “The case has been lodged against him under sections 420 (cheating) and 376 (outraging the modesty of a woman) of IPC,” said SSP Kumar.
He was picked up from his home in Mainatand last evening for interrogation.
Kumar said: “I received a call from the woman on my mobile phone today. She said she loved the youth very much and does not wish him to be punished so harshly. ‘Please, don’t send him to jail for my sake’ she urged me on the phone.”
The reason behind her complaint to the DGP, Kumar quoted her, was to caution the youth against adopting sinister designs and duping her on the pretext of marriage. She just wanted to get married.
The youth — the son of a leading businessman — has also expressed his desire to interrogators in Gaya of marrying the Filipino woman. “I have no qualms in admitting that I love her too much and want her to become my partner in life,” he told them.
He revealed to the police that he had invited her to celebrate the New Year together and she agreed. “We became very familiar with each other in the past four months, courtesy our conversations on a social networking site,” the youth told the police today, adding that their three-day stay in Bodhgaya gave them an opportunity to know each other.
Admitting to have a physical relationship with his “woman friend” during their stay in Bodhgaya, the youth, an Intermediate in science, said he had earlier balked at marrying her because of his family’s pressure. He said both had exchanged photographs of their visit to Bodhgaya before she left for Delhi from where she went to her place of posting.
The police — in Gaya and West Champaran — are stumped though.
Deputy inspector-general (Magadh range) Nayyar Hasnain Khan said in his 16 years of service as an IPS officer in the state, this is the first time such a peculiar case has come before the state police. “I have not dealt with such a case in about 16 years of my service in the state,” he told The Telegraph.
Gaya SSP Vinay Kumar said he has sought legal opinion on the matter and also guidelines from his seniors.
The Magadh range DIG said deputy superintendent of police (headquarters) Rakesh Kumar Dubey has been assigned the responsibility to probe the case. Dubey, according to sources, interrogated the West Champaran resident today for over two hours and got details of the places he and the woman visited during their stay in Bodhgaya.
The police have verified the records of the hotel where the duo had checked in at Bodhgaya. Dubey said he had sought details of conversations between the “lovebirds” on the social networking site. “This will help the police in the investigation,” he said.
At the time of filing the report, the youth was produced in the court of the chief judicial magistrate in Gaya, who remanded him in two weeks’ judicial custody, said Gaya SSP Kumar.