Court acquits three accused of gangrape

Her ultimate revenge was to accuse the men, one of who is responsible for her husband's conviction in a criminal case, of raping her. But the court saw through her lies finally and acquitted the three men of the charge of rape.
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Updated on Jan 27, 2011 11:23 PM IST
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Hindustan Times | BySumit Saxena, New Delhi

Her ultimate revenge was to accuse the men, one of who is responsible for her husband's conviction in a criminal case, of raping her. But the court saw through her lies finally and acquitted the three men of the charge of rape.

Reena (name changed) lodged a complaint with the police on October 2, 2009, alleging gangrape by three taxi drivers of her residential area of East Mehram Nagar.

A Delhi court has acquitted the three men charged with gangrape as it observed that the woman had fabricated the case. The court noted that the woman implicated the men to take revenge.

Citing several discrepancies in the gangrape allegation, additional sessions judge Ravinder Kaur said, "The quality of testimony of the prosecutrix (the woman) is not sufficient for the conviction of the accused persons for such a heinous offence."

Vijay Aggarwal, counsel for the three men, had said, "The woman's sister and her son, who are witnesses in case, recorded varying statements. There are material contradictions in their testimonies."

The court observed that the examination of the witnesses has created a strong doubt about the truthfulness of the case.

The judge said, "There is no medical evidence to prove that the prosecutrix was subjected to sexual assault". Moreover, the court noted, "Even as per the FSL (Forensic Science Laboratory) record the prosecution has failed to connect the accused with the offence of rape."

The court denied any relief to the woman, as she pleaded that she did not register any false complaint.

"The contention of the prosecutrix that no woman would put her character at stake alleging falsely that she was raped, though sounds plausible, is not a universal truth," the judge said.

Aggarwal had contended that the three men were framed, as the woman's husband and brother-in-law were facing trial in a case in which one of the accused of gangrape was injured and had complained about her family members.

The court noted that the woman concealed this material fact while registering a rape complaint with the police.

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