Tue. Sep 22nd, 2020

Rape charges quashed after man promises to marry victim

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Bombay
High Court: In
an interesting judgment, a bench comprising of Ranjit More and Anuja
Prabhudessai, JJ quashed a rape charge after the victim stated that the accused
had agreed to marry her and that they had settled the dispute amicably. In the
present case, the victim admitted in court that she had a consensual physical
relationship with the accused and had filed the rape charges only because he
had refused to marry her. She further confirmed in Court that she
has no objection for quashing the criminal proceedings initiated by her against
the accused.

The
Court  relying on the Supreme Court
judgment  of Narinder Singh vs State of
Punjab, (2014) 6 SCC 466,  wherein a
serious offence was quashed, noted that if 
this case was continued, it would hamper the healthy relationship
between the petitioner and the respondent, 
and they would be put to unnecessary hardship of attending to the police
and courts. The Court also observed that no purpose would be served by keeping
the FIR and criminal proceeding against the petitioner except burdening the
criminal courts which are already overburdened. [Jaya D. Ovhal vs. State of Maharashtra, decided on 11-06-2015]
Source: Legal news India

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