Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Minor's U-turn in rape bid case lands her in the dock

It's not often that you see an underage person being prosecuted for a false allegation. Of course, she isn't named, but all the men in the case are.

16 year old to be prosecuted for false allegation.

NEW DELHI: A trial court has ordered prosecution of a 16-year-old girl for allegedly turning hostile and making a false statement against four men accusing them of attempting to commit rape and causing hurt to her. While acquitting the four accused, additional session judge Nivedita Anil Sharma said, "It appears to be a clear case of perjury. I deem it proper and appropriate to prosecute the prosecutrix (victim) for the criminal offence of perjury in the interest of justice.''

The girl had alleged that one Simranjit Kaur offered her stupefied cold drinks and the other three attempted to rape her.

She had made these allegations before a metropolitan magistrate but turned hostile during the trial and claimed the statement was made under the pressure from her father.

The girl also told the court that her father had beaten her up and compelled her to name the accused persons but denied any compromise with the accused.

"The prosecutrix has created a wrong example for the society and it is essential in the circumstances that stern legal action be taken against her so that it acts as a deterrent for others,'' the court said while sending a formal complaint for initiating criminal proceedings against her in the court of chief metropolitan magistrate.

Besides Kaur, those acquitted in the case are Sukhjinder Singh, Karamjeet Singh and Narender Pal Singh who were tried following a complaint with Tilak Nagar police station in west Delhi in September, 2008.