Man acquitted in rape case

A fast track court on Saturday acquitted a man charged with raping a 15-year-old girl on the grounds that the statement of the girl in the case was not reliable.

The girl, a Class X student, had told the police that the man had taken her to a room on the pretext of helping her with studies. However, he allegedly spiked her drink and then raped her while she was unconscious. After the FIR was registered, the girl was sent to a shelter home.

During her stay at the home, she testified before a magistrate that she had entered into sexual relations with the accused out of her own will and consent. In this testimony the girl claimed that she was in love with the accused for the last two years and on the date of the incident had gone to meet him. Once her mother came to know of their affair, she forced her to press rape charges against the accused.

"The conduct of the prosecutrix in accompanying the accused to some other place, which was not his place of residence and that too without informing her mother, raises serious doubts about the credibility and reliability of her version of the incident," Additional Sessions Judge Virender Bhat held while acquitting the man.

The judge also took into account the contradiction in the testimonies of the prosecutrix and the prosecution witnesses and the loopholes in the prosecution's evidence while pronouncing the acquittal.

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