Fake rape cases a travesty of justice, says HC

29, Feb 2016

Feb 29 2016 : The Times of India (Mumbai)
Shibu Thomas

Grants Bail To Youth In 2015 Case
A year after a youth from Amboli was arrested for allegedly raping a 20-year-old woman, the Bombay high court ordered his release on bail after the victim and her mother admitted that they had filed a false case for return of the money the accused had taken from them. Justice Sadhna Jadhav rapped the motherdaughter duo for falsely implicating the youth.
“It is extremely unfortunate that a person had to remain behind the bars for almost one year for being falsely prosecuted for a serious offence like (rape) Section 376 of Indian Penal Code,“ said the judge, pointing to the impact such concocted prosecutions have on genuine cases.

“The court cannot be oblivious of the fact that the because of such false complaints, the genuine victims of rape and sexual harassment are viewed with jaundiced eye,“ the judge remarked at one of the hearings. “The police machinery had spent its valuable time and other resources to investigate the case and file a chargesheet.Valuable time of the investigating agency is lost.“

The HC released Rajesh Yadav on a bail of Rs 25,000 and two sureties. As the police have filed a chargesheet, Yadav would now have to approach the trial court for discharge from the case.


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