A local court has acquitted a man and his family members of the charges of raping, molesting and threatening his wife, saying the woman lodged a false complaint to get rid of her “impotent” husband.
“... Her marriage was not consummated on account of impotency of her husband, which was the sole reason for her strained relations with her husband and in-laws,” additional sessions judge Virender Bhat said, after the woman confessed to have filed the false case.
“She had left her matrimonial house only for this reason and filed a false complaint alleging rape as well as unnatural sex by her brothers-in-law and molestation as well as attempt to rape by her father-in-law. This was only to put pressure upon her husband and in-laws to divorce her,” the judge said.
The court acquitted the husband, parents-in-law, three brothers-in-law, two sisters-in-law of the offences under cruelty, criminal breach of trust, rape, criminal intimidation, and molestation.
It also noted that during pendency of the case the woman had reached a settlement with the man and her in-laws.
“She ultimately succeeded in getting divorce from her husband and also money towards her claims regarding maintenance. The fact remains that she had implicated all the accused falsely in this case by leveling baseless allegations upon them to serve her own ends,” the court said.
The woman, in her complaint filed in 2014, had alleged that within a month of her marriage in February 2013, her husband and in-laws began physically torturing her and demanded dowry of `10 lakh along with gold jewellery.
She also alleged that her brothers-in-law and father-in- law did unnatural sex with her and threatened her.
However, during her cross-examination in the court, she went back on her complaint to the police, saying the allegations were incorrect and she had levelled them under police pressure.