of gang-rape charge
Describing the police investigation as “faulty and defective”, the Delhi High Court has acquitted three persons accused of raping a three-year-old child in 2003.
The trial court had held them guilty of the barbaric crime, but the High Court set aside the lower court judgment on appeals by the three accused.
Though it was even admitted by the counsel for the three accused that the crime was committed, the police failed to pinpoint the spot where it was committed and who were the accused involved.
The court also found contradictions in the forensic examination of the materials connected with the crime.
Further, the doctors who had prepared the medico-legal case in the incident were not examined by the prosecution as they were declared untraceable. There were also contradictory versions about the arrest of the accused.
The mother of the victim, a vegetable vendor, also gave contradictory statements to the police and before the court during trial.