Acquits employee of a placement agency of rape charge

Acquitting an employee of a placement agency of rape charge, a court has pointed out the need to place curbs on unregulated functioning of such agencies. In its order, the court also noted that the case could have stemmed from enmity between two placement agency owners.

Additional Sessions Judge Virender Bhat said: “The incidents where the uneducated, uninformed and minor girls from poor and rural backgrounds are exploited by scrupulous agents/placement agencies and thereby grossly misusing and abusing the laws related to rape and sexual abuse have been reaching the courts and are a matter of serious concern. This is for the reason that there are no laws, rules and regulations, framed by the Government for keeping a close vigil and check on such activity carried on by the owner of various placement agencies.”

The court said that poor and illiterate girls brought to Delhi from remote areas of West Bengal, Bihar and other States were either being thrown into prostitution or used by the owners of these private placement agencies to settle scores with their rivals. “It is high time that the Government wakes up to the reality and puts in place appropriate rules and guidelines so that such scrupulous and nefarious activities being carried out by the placement agencies are curbed.”

The court acquitted the accused noting that his medical report indicated “he is not capable of performing sexual intercourse”.

The prosecution case was that while the 15-year-old girl was sleeping at the placement agency in Inderpuri police station limits the man entered her room and attempted to rape her and hearing her cries a neighbour allegedly rushed in and saved her.