Prosecute women who withdraw after lodging rape cases in 'fit of rage': High Court

Women who allege rape "in a fit of rage" and later withdraw complaints should be prosecuted, Bombay High Court (HC) said Wednesday. It said the trend had sent a wrong signal to society.

HC was hearing an anticipatory bail plea by Divyesh Vala (35), accused of raping and cheating a 42-year-old central excise inspector after allegedly promising to marry her.

The divorcees met at an Art of Living class and were in a relationship for a year until Vala married another woman on May 18.

On June 6, the excise inspector lodged a complaint at RAK Marg Police Station. She said she had sexual relations with Vala as he promised marriage.

While granting him anticipatory bail, Justice Sadhana Jadhav said, "Despite all sympathies for the complainant, the applicant cannot be sent to custody as it would not serve a fruitful purpose except satisfying vendetta of the complainant."The judge said after filing a complaint of rape, women withdraw or say they have forgiven the accused.

"It is in a fit of rage that they approach police. We feel helpless we can only criticise and do nothing. They should be prosecuted."

Justice Jadhav, however, gave a patient hearing to the complainant who addressed the court in Marathi. She said she met Vala, an advanced Art of Living instructor, in May 2012 and was impressed.

They got close and developed a physical relationship.

She said she always insisted on marriage but Vala made hollow promises. She alleged he had made similar promises to other women as well.

"Do you see now what happens when you trust someone blindly? In this day and age....you are an educated woman from a good profession. You should keep your eyes open. You cannot blame others. What is the use of Art of Living if you cannot judge people?" HC said.

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