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Court acquits man in rape case as victim turns hostile

A Delhi court has acquitted a man in a rape case as the victim in her trial statement said that by “physical relation I mean to say that accused used to hug and kiss me.’’

The victim in her complaint alleged that the accused had forcibly sexually assaulted her inside his home.

The victim said the accused had invited her to discuss marriage.

Earlier, the victim and her husband had got divorced after the accused called him and said that he wanted to marry the victim.

Refused to marry

Later, the accused, according to the complaint, refused to marry her.

Thereafter, the victim went to the Mangolpuri police station in north-west Delhi and lodged a sexual assault case against him on March 7, 2016.

“I have mentioned in my complaint that four years ago, when I first time went to accused’s house for the first time, he forcibly established physical relation with me. He said that he would marry me. It was correctly mentioned by me. By physical relation I mean to say that accused used to hug and kiss me. I had told the doctor only about having sex with the accused by which I meant that he used to hug and kiss me,’’ the victim said in her deposition.

Victim’s former husband also did not support the prosecution case.

He said that he did not receive any call from the accused.

The Judge acquitted the accused keeping in view the fact that the victim did not support the case.

Also, nothing incriminating against him was found in the version of any other witnesses.

‘Benefit of doubt’

“Prosecution has failed to prove the offence against the accused. The accused is entitled to benefit of doubt and is accordingly acquitted...’’ the Judge said .


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