S'pore Indian acquitted of rape charge
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S'pore Indian acquitted of rape charge

Sudarsanan Margasagayam, an Indian engineer, denied all charges, but that of having consensual sex with his maid once.

india Updated: Sep 26, 2006 16:13 IST

An Indian engineer in Singapore has been acquitted of charges of raping his maid.

Sudarsanan Margasagayam, 48, denied all charges but admitted to having consensual sex with the maid once, reports the Today newspaper.

The former building safety officer produced medical tests in the court that showed him suffering from penile dysfunction and low testosterone levels.

The maid had claimed that between June 1 and 7 in 2004, Sudarsanan took her home to take care for his child but ended up raping her 10 times in his apartment while his family was in India.

In a written judgment, a court here raised several inconsistencies in the maid's testimony and said it found "important aspects of her evidence implausible".

"She did not appear to be a meek sort of person...I do not accept that a woman who claimed to be raped a total of 10 times over six days made no attempt whatsoever to call for help from passers-by," the judge said while delivering the verdict.

The judge also dismissed the maid's argument that she couldn't shout for help because she had had her tonsils removed in a surgery just before she went to Sudarsanan's flat.

Calling the maid an "unreliable witness", he added: "I am satisfied the accused had raised a reasonable doubt in respect of all charges against him."

First Published: Sep 26, 2006 16:13 IST