HC orders woman to pray at Rajghat for a week for lying in court
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The Delhi High Court has directed a woman, who was held guilty of making a false statement about her marital status under oath, to "repent her sin" by praying at Rajghat.
Observing that an MCD school teacher could not have been unaware of the fact that one has to be truthful before a court of law, the court has directed the woman to pray for at least four hours everyday for a week at the memorial.
"The conduct of the respondent is contumacious, as in the face of the court, she kept telling lies after lies. Also she had the audacity to take a false stand when her statement was recorded in court on oath," observed the court of Justice Kailash Gambhir and Justice Indermeet Kaur in its order on Friday.
"The respondent is further directed to repent her sin by offering prayers at Rajghat i.e. Samadhi of the Father of the Nation, who is worshipped because of his cherished principles of truth and non-violence from December 21, 2013 and shall sit there for at least four hours a day for a period of one week. The area police station shall monitor that she sits there and offers her prayers in silence to feel remorseful about her conduct," held the court.
The Delhi High Court had in November issued a contempt of court notice against the woman, who had lied about her marital status before the court.
"The court thought that the symbolism of praying at Rajghat, as a punishment for lying, was a fitting punishment to teach her that lying to a court was wrong," said Additional Standing counsel Rajesh Mahajan, who prosecuted the contempt case.
Though the apology was accepted by the court, she has been held guilty of contempt of court, and has also been directed to deposit Rs 2,000 as fine to the Mahatma Gandhi Trust.
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