The sessions court on Friday acquitted a small-time director accused of raping a 23-year-old aspiring actress-model because the Delhi-based victim was untraceable throughout the trial.
Indersingh Pandher was making a movie in 2003 named Dukan.
The victim, who moved from Delhi to Mumbai in 2001, got her first break in the film.
It was during the making of the movie that the victim fell in love with Pandher.
The police said on July 9, 2003, when the actress came for the shoot at Charkop, she found nobody except Pandher. In her statement to the police, she said Pandher was drinking and offered her one too.
“He took out a gun and pointing at me, asked me to drink,” she said.
After she got drunk, she claimed, he raped her.
In her statement, the victim said after raping her, Pandher apologised to her and even took her to a doctor.
Later the victim approached the Charkop police and lodged a rape case against Pandher.
During the trial, the prosecution examined the victim’s neighbours.
They told the court that the victim had come home with bruises and wounds. She told them that she had fallen off the staircase at Pandher’s house, while the medical experts deposed that the reports were in conclusive since no semen was found on her clothes.
Pandher was let off as the police could not trace the victim.
“We were not able to find her though we tried looking for her,” said public prosecutor Usha Kiran Makasare.
The sessions court acquitted Pandher for lack of evidence and prosecution’s failure to prove the case.