In 2005, 28-year-old Imrana was sexually assaulted by her father-in-law Mohammed Ali.
The local community panchayat had treated the case as that of adultery instead of rape, and ruled in the light of Sharia that her marriage with her husband stands null and void as the Islamic law considered sexual relations with both the father and the son as incestuous.
Instead of punishing the father-in-law, the panchayat ordered her to treat her husband as her son and his father as her husband. Imrana was made to suffer after she dared to continue living with her husband. Samajwadi Party president Mulayam Singh Yadav had supported the Islamic panchayat’s decision.