Hc Grants 2-week Bail To Rape Accused To Marry Victim, Legal News, ET LegalWorld – Legal Firms

Dehradun: A single bench of justice Ravindra Maithani of the Uttarakhand high court granted a short-term bail of two weeks to a 27-year-old man to marry the 21-year-old woman who had accused him of rape. The court said that “in a rape case simpliciter, the court may not encourage marriage between the parties. But, it is not a case simpliciter of rape”.

It further added: “As per the FIR, the accused and the victim befriended each other. Their marriage was fixed. Thereafter, the applicant established physical relations with the victim, but subsequently, he declined. Having considered the facts and circumstances of this case, this court is of the view that it is a case in which the applicant should be granted short term bail for a period of two weeks.”

The woman’s father told TOI on Friday: “After the marriage, we will submit a certificate in the court demanding to quash the FIR. (The man) has been released today and the wedding will be solemnised on November 16.”

According to a police complaint by the woman’s father filed earlier, his daughter was pursuing DPharma course from a Dehradun college. “Both were studying in the same college and were good friends. They wanted to marry each other and informed their respective parents. Everyone agreed with their decision,” the complainant said.

“On September 26, 2021, (the accused) came to meet my daughter and laced a cold drink with some toxic substance, and raped her after she became unconscious. Thereafter, he refused to marry her,” her father added. SI Ravindra Rawat, meanwhile, had a different version. He said: “Earlier, they were in a committed relationship but as soon as the accused man came to know that the woman was cheating on him with another boyfriend, he refused to marry her.” The accused man’s lawyer Bhuwan Bhatt said the court was of view that it was not a case of brutal rape and so used the term “simpliciter”, since the couple had been in a live-in relationship and got physical on the premise that they would be getting married.

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