A 23-year-old wife was allegedly raped by a ration dealer who promised her free ration as per government orders.
According to reports, the lady had approached the local shopkeeper for her quota of state ration when her savings dried up but he refused to offer her ration.
The woman's husband is stuck in Punjab, so she went to get free ration from the ration dealer.
After waiting for several hours, she was asked to travel away.
"On Tuesday evening, the accused, Vinod, came to my house and instead of giving me the ration, he raped me," the woman told the police.
Superintendent of police (SP) of Shamli, Vineet Jaiswal, said, "On the basis of complaint filed by the victim, police have booked Vinod under section 376 of IPC for the rape. He has been arrested and sent to jail."
The victim's landlord, meanwhile, said, "For the last three weeks, we were giving her the food as her husband was away and she had no money left. But, a few days ago, we expressed helplessness due our own condition," the landlord.
The woman's husband, a laborer, visited Punjab to gather his wages of the work he did a couple of months ago but he got stranded there after the announcement of countrywide lockdown.