Rape victim moves HC against acquittal of accused

A rape victim has approached the Delhi High Court challenging the acquittal of the accused by a trial court on the ground of contradiction in her testimony.

Filing an appeal before Justice V K Shali, the victim said the trial court has ignored evidence as well as testimonies of prosecution witnesses including a lawyer, who had suggested to her to lodge a case, and the doctor, who had examined her soon after the incident.

"The trial court while acquitting the accused for inexplicable reasons entirely disregarded the evidence of crucial witnesses who corroborate the story of prosecution," the plea said.

"A perusal of the evidence would show that on the basis of the testimony of the prosecutrix, the guilt of the accused has been proved beyond reasonable doubt and there is sufficient corroborative evidence to conclude that the prosecution has proved the case beyond reasonable doubt," said the victim.

The trial court had acquitted Dushyant Verma, a Maharani Bagh resident on October 24, 2011, saying the victim's statement was "full of contradictions."

"The testimony of the prosecutrix cannot be relied upon as she was deliberately evasive in her cross examination, her

story was full of contradictions and highly improbable," the trial court had said. The plea is to be heard by high court on December 13.

According to the prosecution, the accused had called the victim to his house on the pretext of lunch in April 2009 and had raped her.

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