Friday, April 5, 2013

Rape cry ‘false,’ 4 of family let off

NEW DELHI: Stressing on the need to remain "vigilant" in "differentiating between false and genuine rape cases" so that no innocent person is convicted, a trial court has acquitted four members of a family saying it is a classic illustration of misuse of rape laws in which the husband of the alleged victim used her as a "pawn" to settle personal scores.

"I would like to put on record that this case is the classic illustration of misuse of rape and related laws. The husband of the victim, in order to settle scores with the accused, used her as an arrow or pawn and slapped an utterly false criminal case upon the accused," additional sessions judge Virender Bhat said while acquitting Delhi residents Sikander, his brother Shailender and their parents Harender Mehto and Sushila. Sikander and his family members were facing trial on the allegations levelled against them by one of their relatives.