Court acquits three rape accused after victim turns hostile

A day after the session court framed charges against three persons accused in a rape case and criminal conspiracy, the Sessions Judge of the Chandigarh District Court, Justice SK Aggarwal concluded the case in 24 hours of framing of charge and acquitted the three accused.

The charges were framed against the three accused only on Friday.

However, after the witnesses were examined on Saturday, the three accused were acquitted due to paucity of evidence. The judge had lined up all the witnesses to be examined on Saturday.

Also, the complainant and the victim, an 18-year-old orphan girl, native of Meerut turned hostile on Saturday saying that nothing had happened with her. The case was registered on August 31, 2012.

The "victim" had registered a complaint with the police saying that Pratap, her step-father and Tarun aka Vicky, her step-brother allegedly raped her in connivance with her guardian Ruksana aka Laxmi.

The 18-year old lost her parents a few years back and she came to stay here in Chandigarh from Meerut with a family friend, Ruksana.

Ruksana was living in Sector 32 and allegedly took the girl to Pratap and his son Tarun who were living in Sector 44 where she was allegedly repeatedly raped. The victim had alleged that she managed to flee after she was raped by the father-son duo and she went to Nari Niketan.

They then helped her to get a case registered.

A police complaint was made to the UT police on August 31, 2012 and the case reached the Sessions court on December 14.

The "victim" on Saturday said that since the two are her relatives, they would not do something like that to her.

A doctor from the Government Medical College and Hospital (GMCH), Sector 32 who had examined the girl after she had reported the police via Nari Niketan was examined by the court and the doctor said that no signs of rape were established after medical examination.

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