The court of additional district and sessions judge Gurvinder Kaur on Tuesday acquitted 19-year-old Ravi Kumar, a resident of Bodona Khura village in Panchkula, of the rape charge.
Kumar was acquitted after the victim turned hostile. The court also let off Kumar's mother Sardarni and one Sunder Lal, who had been charged with forcibly making the victim abort her child.
The incident took place in January, but the case was registered in April. In her statement to the police, the victim, who is a mother of two children, maintained that Kumar in an inebriated state came to her house and raped her. The victim used to work in a beauty parlour that was owned by Kumar.
The victim said fearing stigma she remained quiet, but after sometime she discovered she was pregnant.
It was then she approached the Sardarni, who along with Sunder Lal, forced her to undergo an abortion. Following this, the victim reported the incident case to the police, who registered a complaint into the matter.
However, the victim in the court turned hostile saying that she was not raped. She also maintained that her pregnancy was terminated with her consent. Based on the statement reversal by the victim, the court acquitted the trio.