A man accused of raping a woman for nearly three years was granted temporary bail by the Bombay high court so that he could marry his purported victim.
A single judge bench of justice JH Bhatia granted bail to Ganesh Waghmare after he assured the court that he would marry the 20-year-old woman within a month of being released.
According to the prosecution case, the accused and the victim, a resident of Bangur Nagar in Goregaon (West), were in love and had agreed to get married.
“In view of the proposed marriage, the accused had lured the prosecutrix [the complainant] to have a physical relationship on several occasions between December 2007 and December 2009,” justice Bhatia noted in his order issued a fortnight ago.
However, in May last year, after the accused refused to marry her, the victim lodged a rape complaint with the Bangur Nagar police.
While seeking bail for the accused, counsel HE Mooman said his client was still willing to get married to the woman. Mooman proposed that his client would get married within a month, if released on bail.
The victim, who was produced before the court, also showed willingness to marry the accused, but only if he and his family promised that they would treat her properly.
The mother of the accused, who was also present in the court, assured her that there would not ill-treat her.
Additional public prosecutor PP Bhosale agreed for the proposed marriage by giving a no objection for releasing the accused on temporary bail.
Waghmare was released on temporary bail till February 28, 2011, on furnishing personal bond of Rs 5,000 and a surety of equal amount.
The high court has, however, directed the Bangur Nagar police to produce the accused and the purported victim to court on March 3 for the next hearing.