Court acquits man accused of rape

NEW DELHI: A trial court has acquitted a man accused of raping a woman after promising to marry her while holding that it cannot be said that he obtained her consent by misrepresenting any facts.

Additional sessions judge Bharat Parashar acquitted Uttar Pradesh native Puneet Kumar Tripathi of various charges including kidnapping the woman with an intent to force her to have illicit relations and raping her. Puneet’s friend Kamlesh was also acquitted of kidnapping charges. Referring to the statement of the woman, the court held that her own statement proved that she had sexual intercourse with accused Puneet with her free will though under the promise of marriage.

The court gave benefit of doubt to the accused and acquitted him saying that prosecution has failed to prove that accused had sexual intercourse with the woman on the day of incident. “Thus even if it is presumed that accused had sexual intercourse with the woman on the promise of marriage then also it cannot be concluded that he had sexual intercourse with the prosecutrix against her will,” the court said.

Source: The Times of India

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