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Rape cases can't be compromised: SC

IANS  New Delhi, August 27, 2013
First Published: 13:20 IST(27/8/2013) | Last Updated: 13:23 IST(27/8/2013)

In a significant ruling, Supreme Court on Tuesday held that rape cases cannot be compromised or condoned even if the victim forgives the accused for the offence.

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An apex court bench headed by Chief Justice P Sathasivam ruled that such compromises, if entered into, are per se illegal and the provision for lesser punishment for heinous offences in exceptional cases cannot be treated in a casual or a cavalier manner by the trial court.

The apex court expressed grave concern that in recent times, despite a spurt in rape cases, there has been an increasing tendency amongst trial courts to permit compromises of such offences on the ground that a settlement has been entered into between the rapist and the victim.


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