In Indian society, no woman would allow her husband rape another girl in her presence, a Delhi court has said while acquitting a couple of rape and abetment charges and terming the girl's complaint as "improbable".
Trashing allegations of a girl that she was ravished several times by the accused with the active connivance of his wife, Additional Sessions Judge (ASJ) Surinder Kumar Mishra observed "No wife in our Indian society would allow her husband to rape a girl in her presence."
"The testimony of the prosecutrix (girl) does not inspire any confidence and her subsequent conduct makes it improbable that such an incident ever took place," the court said.
It acquitted Salim and his spouse Saira Bano, residents of a north-east Delhi locality, of charges of kidnapping, rape, abetment and criminal intimidation under the IPC.
The accused couple was arrested following the complaint, lodged on June 21, 2006, of their neighbour that she was sexually assaulted several times during illegal confinement.
Later, she testified that Saira had forced her to have sex with her husband when she visited the couple's house in neighbourhood on June 17. They also threatened her and cautioned her against disclosing it to anybody.
Two days later, the accused couple forced her to board an auto-rickshaw and took her to an unknown location where she was again raped before being dumped next day near her residence, she had deposed.