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24-yr-old acquitted of rape

HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times  Chandigarh, August 01, 2014
First Published: 22:05 IST(1/8/2014) | Last Updated: 22:07 IST(1/8/2014)

Additional district and sessions judge Anshu Shukla, who presiding over a special court for crime against women, acquitted a 24-year-old youth booked on charges of rape, on Friday.

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The court acquitted Rakesh, a resident of Sector 38, after his DNA did not match with that of the five-week-old foetus carried by the victim. Apart from this, the contradictions in the statement of victim also facilitated acquittal.

The police had registered a case on September 11, 2013, on the complaint of the victim's mother. She had alleged that Rakesh had kidnapped her daughter and later raped her. The victim and her mother used to work as domestic helps.

In her complaint, the victim's mother claimed that her daughter had gone missing on September 9, after the victim left home for work but did not return. However, the victim returned after two days and her medical examination revealed that she was five-week pregnant.

Based on the allegations, the police had arrested Rakesh on September 23.

However, the case fell flat after the DNA of the foetus and the accused did not match and there were number of discrepancies in the statement of the victim. Contrary to the claims of the mother that the victim was 15-year-old, the ossification test showed her age between 17 and 19 years.

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