Delhi court acquits govt servant in rape case

A government servant, accused of raping a woman on the pretext of marrying her, has been freed by a Delhi court which said the man had the intention to marry but her behaviour 'forced him' to change his mind.

hidden January 14, 2014 16:53:47 IST
Delhi court acquits govt servant in rape case

New Delhi: A government servant, accused of raping a woman on the pretext of marrying her, has been freed by a Delhi court which said the man had the intention to marry but her behaviour "forced him" to change his mind.

The court while acquitting the man, who was working with the All India Radio in New Delhi, also said that it was a love affair between two grown ups which did not result in a happy ending but "to cry rape by the lady is not fathomable".

Delhi court acquits govt servant in rape case

AP

"Thus, the accused was never deceitful with her and did have definite intention to marry her... What prosecutrix calls a flimsy reason was probably hard on the accused as he weighed his family commitments seriously," additional sessions judge Dharmesh Sharma said.

"If the version of the accused is accepted, he had a change of mind as he was alarmed by the tantrums exhibited by the prosecutrix when she misbehaved with his father who was suffering from cancer, created ruckus in the office, smashed the windscreen of his car and started threatening to get him arrested or commit suicide.

"Marriage is a life long commitment that requires weighing of several options and balancing of one's interest with the other. Therefore, to my mind, accused despite best intentions had his reasons to say 'NO' to the marriage when he saw an unreasonable side of the prosecutrix. While everything was rosy when they were in love, none of them was perfect and thus the unfortunate tragic ending," the judge said.

According to police, the woman, also a journalist, had met the man in February 2009 and they fell in love. She said that several times they used to stay at each others house and had developed physical relations.

The woman said the man had promised to marry her and kept on maintaining physical relations with her but he kept on delaying their marriage citing family problems.

PTI

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