Man acquitted of rape charge after woman turns hostile

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Chandigarh
  • Updated: Mar 07, 2015 20:04 IST

Additional district and sessions judge Anshu Shukla on Saturday acquitted a 30-year-old man booked on charges of raping his live-in partner after the girl turned hostile.

The order came as respite to Rattan Harika, 30, resident of Sector 10, Chandigarh, who was booked on charges of rape in January 2015. The allegations, however, failed to hold ground after the victim denied being raped, thus facilitating Rattan's acquittal.

The UT police on January 23, 2015, had booked Rattan on complaint of a 24-year-old SAS Nagar resident who accused him of raping her on pretext of marriage.

The girl, in her complaint, had told the police that she was living in with Rattan for past four years. She had met Rattan at a party in December 2011 after which, they started living together.

Rattan had started avoiding her since March 2014 and later, even refused to marry her.

She alleged that on January 22, he had called her to his house where he raped her after giving sedatives, and even threatened to upload her obscene videos. The victim told the police that she had even undergone miscarriage in 2012.

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