Indian woman in US ill treats brother's wife & lands behind bars

June 21, 2012 18:41
Indian woman in US ill treats brother's wife & lands behind bars

A woman in the United States of America was sentenced to two years of imprisonment for ill-treating and assaulting her 25-year-old sister-in-law. The court has held that the 32-year-old Rajani Jagota allegedly treated her sister-in-law (who was married to convict's brother and came to US) for more than two years. The court found that defendent Rajani along with her mother and brother physically assualted the victim. The victim married to Vishal Jagota in 2008. Notably, it was an arranged marriage. Soon after wedding, victim went to US and stayed with the husband's family there.

Victim's sister-in-law, who apparently used to visit victims home in New York of US, purportedly resorted to barbarious acts and allegedly tortured the victim—both physically and mentally. Narrating the series of painful episodes the victim gone through on foreign land, court said victim's hand was burnt with the help of a burning rod by the family of Vishal on the note of teaching a lesson to victim. They have even made her work like a slave round the clock. Right from household work to childcare, she (victim) was manipulated to work, found court.

In another incident, when victim's hand was burnt, she was not given any medical treatment but was asked to put toothpaste on the open would.  The mother-in-law of victim, Parvin (who is also indicted of trafficking) would be sentenced on July 24.

This case will remain as a milestone in US history as it has marked as the first indictment, first trial and first conviction under 'New York State's new human trafficking law.'

(AW Phani)

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