Delhi HC frees 5 men, says false rape charges destroy lives. False Gang rape case took 16 years!

Precious lives of five men lost and NO punishment for the woman !!

News from Times of India given below

TNN | Jun 9, 2015, 02.29 AM IST

NEW DELHI: Just as rape causes great distress to the victim, a false charge destroys lives and damages reputation, the Delhi high court has said, acquitting five men who were jailed sixteen years ago on the charge of gangrape.

“There is no doubt that rape causes great distress and humiliation to the victim of rape but at the same time false allegation of committing a rape also causes humiliation and damage to the accused. An accused also has rights which are to be protected and the possibility of false implication has to be ruled out,” a bench of Justices G S Sistani and Sangita Dhingra Sehgal noted in its verdict.

The court set aside the conviction of the five men after it found that the woman who had leveled the charge of being gang raped gave inconsistent statements in court and hid the fact she was in a relationship with one of the accused. “Her version has no correlation with other supporting material being medical, scientific and expert evidence,” the bench observed.

The trial court had gone with the story of the prosecution as recorded in the FIR lodged by the woman. In her complaint registered in 1994, the woman had claimed she met the main accused Praveen, and they became friends. She said one day he took her to a friend’s house and raped her. Later he also secretly filmed her being raped by Praveen’s friend Bittoo. In her complaint the woman maintained she was regularly raped by Praveen’s other friends, all of whom were arrested and charge sheeted by the police.

In its judgment the trial court relied to a large extent on the claim of the woman and convicted the accused, even though, as the HC bench pointed out, there were glaring errors in her statements to the police.

Pleading innocence, Praveen told the court that he was framed by the girl since he refused to marry her. He submitted to the court that since the complainant started loitering with some other boys, he refused to marry her and for this reason she falsely named him in this case.

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http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/ city/delhi/Delhi-HC-frees- 5-men-says-false-rape- charges-destroy-lives/articleshow/47592957.cms?from=mdr

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