A youth facing trial on charges of raping a 20-year-old woman has been let off by a Delhi court after the victim deposed that she was secretly married to the accused. The woman admitted that she had accused him of the crime as she feared that he had deserted her.
“The prosecutrix is the best witness to depose about the alleged facts as she is also the complainant. She, however, completely turned hostile and deposed that she had eloped with the accused on her own will and without any force or compulsion,” additional sessions judge Sanjay Sharma said, while acquitting Uttar Pradesh native Deepak Maurya of rape charges.
The court noted that in her deposition, the woman had said that “she had entered into marriage with the accused discreetly in a temple.”
But one day when Maurya left the house to go to his native village and did not heed to her pleas to take her along, she called the police and accused him of raping her.