Rape victim’s testimony sufficient to convict accused: Court

NEW DELHI: A Delhi court has said the testimony of a rape victim is “sufficient” enough to convict the accused and asking her to corroborate her version by producing more witnesses will be insulting.

“The statement of the prosecutrix alone is sufficient and needs no corroboration. The conviction can be founded alone unless there are compelling reasons.

“In my opinion, it would be adding insult to tell a female that her story of woes would not be believed unless it is corroborated in material particulars in the case,” District and Sessions Judge P S Teji, quoting various judgements of the Supreme Court, said.

The court’s observation came while awarding rigorous life imprisonment to convict Raju, a resident of east Delhi for raping his five-year-old neighbour.

It trashed the plea of convict that he was implicated by the girl and her family members as no independent witness was examined against him by the prosecution.

“In the traditional non-permissive bounds of India, no girl or woman would falsely implicate somebody for ravishing her chastity by sacrificing and jeopardising her future prospects,” it said, lending credence to testimonies of the victim and her parents.

It also imposed a fine of Rs 10,000 on convict, who raped the minor on the night of May 31, 2006 after taking her to a secluded place.

Source: The Times of India

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