Additional district and sessions judge Anshu Shukla on Thursday acquitted four persons, including a woman, booked on the charges of rape and harassment for dowry after the victim turned hostile.
Those acquitted include - Shilpi Arora, the husband of the victim, Kamlesh Rani Arora, mother-in-law, Satish Arora, father-in-law and Vikas Sethi, a friend of victim's husband.
In July 2013, the victim, the mother of two, had moved the court accusing her husband, his parents, and a friend of harassing her for dowry. She had also alleged sexual assault, including rape and unnatural offence, by them. The court taking cognizance of the allegations had summoned them as accused.
The victim, however, retracted from the statement thus, facilitating acquittal. It may be mentioned that on November 12, the victim and the accused Vikas Sethi had entered into a scuffle where the accused had allegedly slapped her.
"The victim, considering the future of her two children, took back the allegations after the accused apologised,"said Munish Dewan, counsel of the complainant.