Courts acquits doctor in rape case

New Delhi: A Delhi court has acquitted a doctor of the charge of allegedly befriending a nurse, raping her on the pretext of marrying her and causing an abortion as the victim said during trial that she had lodged the complaint on the advice of her well wishers.

While acquitting accused Yogesh Kumar Sharma, Additional Sessions Judge Nivetida Anil Sharma said that “he (doctor) may also file any case for damages against the prosecutrix, if advised.”

According to the complaint, the doctor had befriended the victim when she was doing BSc. Nursing course at the Ram Manohar Lohia hospital here. The doctor was at the time doing internship there.

The victim further alleged that the doctor had first raped her at his residence at Patel Nagar in Central Delhi and thereafter he repeated the offence several times, promising to marry her.

In her statement before a Metropolitan Magistrate under Section 164 of the Criminal Procedure she had repeated the charges.

But in her evidence before the court, she said that she had established physical relations with the doctor on her own free will. She also denied that he had got her pregnancy aborted. In fact, she urged the court to acquit the accused of all charges.

“The accused has not committed any offence. She had physical relations with the accused several times with her free consent. He has not raped her on a false promise of marriage. Accused never gave her any pills to cause her abortion. She does not have any grievance against the accused since he has not committed any offence. She has prayed that the accused may be acquitted,” the Judge said quoting evidence by the victim in the trial of the case.

Source: The Times of India

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