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Majority of rape and dowry death cases are settled out of court

Sat Singh, Hindustan Times  ROHTAK, September 06, 2013
First Published: 20:07 IST(6/9/2013) | Last Updated: 20:09 IST(6/9/2013)

Though clamour for stringent punishment for those accused of crime against women is getting louder, the fate of such cases is still beyond expectations.

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From January to August this year

Of the total 115 cases registered under sections 304-B (dowry death) and 376 (rape) of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) reached in Rohtak court, in 31 cases, the perpetrators of crime were let off in want of evidence, while five could be nailed.

Following the nation's outcry on bone chilling gang rape with a paramedical student in New Delhi, the high court had ordered the district court to speed up pending cases of crime against women in district courts.

As per available data, in January, in three accused of rape (different cases)were acquitted in lack of evidence, while one accused of dowry death was also set free for the same reason. No one was convicted in this month. In February, four rape accused were set free, while one was convicted and one was convicted in dowry death in the same month.

In March, three perpetrators were set free by court here, while no one was convicted in rape and dowry death. In April, three were acquitted in rape and one was acquitted in dowry death, while one each was convicted in rape and dowry death.

In May, the case of rape could not stand legal scrutiny and three were set free, while one was set free in dowry death. Court remained off in June month. In July, five rape accused were released, while two were set free, who were booked by police on dowry death.

The result remained non-impressive in August month, two rape accused were set free, while three dowry death were acquitted in lack of evidence. Sources inside court maintained that majority of the rape and dowry death cases fall flat in court, as a result of out of court settlement.

In such cases, the popular modus operandi is to refuse to identify the accused inside the court, which weakens the cases and accused were let off. In some cases, the accused and victim get ready to withdraw the case on the promise of marriage in presence of panchayat members from both sides.

In one such case (rape) registered on 13/08/2013 by a dalit girl on a Punjabi community boy, the victim later refused act of rape on her.

The court of additional district and session judge Seema Singhal on 13/08/2013 had imposed a fine of Rs.1000 on the victim and a punishment of one day(Till the Court rise).

Currently, 66 rape and Prevention of Children from Sexual Offences Act and 14 dowry death cases are pending in court.


 

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