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Rape accused in warning to others
8:00am Monday 27th January 2014 in News
A young Bradford teacher has described his humiliation after he was accused of raping his new wife whom he now believes was using him to secure immigration status.
The man, who denies any wrongdoing, has faced a seven-month police investigation into the allegations.
West Yorkshire Police have now told him that no further action is being taken at this time because there is insufficient evidence to provide a realistic prospect of conviction.
The teacher, of Undercliffe, who cannot be identified, said he wed his young bride within weeks of meeting her, with the approval of her family. He said the family told him they had lived in the UK for nearly five years after coming over from Pakistan.
But he believes he could have been duped into the marriage for immigration reasons and he is warning other potential husbands to thoroughly check the background of their brides-to-be.
He said: “I was naive. I didn’t check immigration documents. I don’t believe I am the only one.
“There are small steps people should take, even if they have fallen head over heels for a girl.
“Words cannot describe what it is like to be called a rapist.
“Because of what has happened in the last seven months I have lost my job and I have lost my dignity.
“I have been through some dark times and I am lucky to have had the support of my family and friends.”
The man’s solicitor, Abdul Iftikhar, said: “My client is relieved he has been released from his bail in respect of these allegations.
“He has maintained from the outset they were fabricated by her to advance her own immigration status.”
A Home Office spokesman could not comment on individual cases, but said: “Anyone with information about suspected immigration abuse can report crime to the Immigration Enforcement allegations website, or contact Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.”
Detective Chief Inspector Terry Long, of Bradford Police, said: “We take all allegations of sexual assault extremely seriously and will thoroughly investigate any incident that is reported to us.
“In terms of this case, a full investigation took place which found there was insufficient evidence to present to the Crown Prosecution Service for a charge to be made.
“As with any investigation, this matter remains under review pending any new information.”