The court of additional district and sessions judge Roopam Singh on Saturday acquitted a man of allegations of rape levelled by his wife.
Kapil Mehta, a resident of Raipur Rani block of Panchkula district, married to a woman (24), also resident of Raipur Rani, in January, 2013. Both, who are from different castes, approached the Punjab and Haryana High Court for protection but later withdrew the petition.
On February 21, 2013, both fled from their homes. The same day they approached the high court again for protection.
On February 27, 2013, the father of the girl got registered a case for kidnapping a woman to compel her for marriage and criminal conspiracy at Raipur Rani police station against Kapil. The couple's petition for protection came up for hearing on February 28, 2013. "The couple withdrew it too but over a technical problem in the petition. The parents of the girl had then taken the girl home after giving assurance that they would support her marriage with Kapil," said Suresh Parasher, counsel for Kapil.
The girl then recorded her statement under section 164 of CrPC before magistrate onMarch 1, 2013, where she did not make any allegation against Kapil. But she again recorded her statement on March 15, 2013, under section 164 of CrPC before the magistrate that Kapil had raped her. She also made specific allegations against Kapil's mother Bimla, sister-in-law Ambika and her husband Pankaj Sudan.
After that Kapil was arrested on March 17, 2013. He remained in jail for close to 2 months and then got regular bail, while Bimla, Ambika and Pankaj got anticipatory bail from the high court.
The girl had also named a Haryana Police cop Ranbir Singh for helping Kapil in forcefully taking her in a car and creating a drama of marriage. "He was arrested onApril 5, 2013, and finally got released on May 21, 2013, after getting bail from the high court," informed Rambir Singh's counsel Kamal Joshi.
The girl maintained in the court that she was not married to Kapil.
"We proved in the court that it is a case of consent. The girl had got married to Kapil and both had approached the high court twice for protection. We produced the relevant documents in the court. Also, we highlighted how the girl improved on her statement of March 1 and March 15 of 2013," said defence counsel Parasher.
The court on Saturday acquitted Kapil, Bimla, Ambika, Pankaj and Ranbir Singh of all the charges.