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Sexual exploitation of women on the rise: HC

The Delhi high court today expressed serious concern over increasing complaints of sexual exploitation of women in the garb of spirituality and said such accused do not deserve any mercy.

delhi Updated: May 16, 2013 00:15 IST
Harish V Nair

The Delhi high court on Wednesday expressed serious concern over increasing complaints of sexual exploitation of women in the garb of spirituality and said such accused do not deserve any mercy.

"It is revolting to see sanyas and spirituality being used as an excuse for such deplorable acts and this court strongly condemns it. These fake contentions achieve nothing but unfortunately succeed in making a mockery of courts”, justice Kailash Gambhir said dismissing the anticipatory bail of one Dhiraj Kumar booked for rape.

“Exploiting a female in the garb of spirituality is against what our ethics dictate,” the court said.

Taking note of the SMSes allegedly sent by the accused and contents of tapped conversations, the court said some parts of transcripts "clearly reveal that the applicant was having sexual relations with the complainant..."

These words (of tapped conversations) seem very bizarre coming from a person who is committed to the 'sanyasi' principles," the court said, adding the plea of 'sanyas' cannot be used "to escape from shackles of law".

Justice Gambhir said the facts and circumstances of the case clearly demonstrated that the petitioner did not approach the court with clean hands. The judge said the accused falsely projected himself as a sanyaasi and a spiritual person thereby bringing down the “sanctity of the values of these principles”.