Man accused of raping child let off
NEW DELHI: A trial court has acquitted a man accused of raping an eight-year-old girl, observing that elders are "misusing" minors for their own interest by lodging false cases.
Additional sessions judge, Ramesh Kumar, said, "people should not be allowed to lodge false cases. It causes harassment and damages the honour of children".
According to the prosecution, the incident took place on August 15, 2010, "when the minor was flying a kite on her roof. The accused had asked her to bring tobacco packet for him. He then misbehaved with her and raped her in a room." The accused had threatened the victim not to disclose the incident to anyone.The girl escaped from his clutches by biting his hand, the court said. The girl narrated the incident to her mother who told her husband. They lodged a case against Sabir, the lawyer said.Sabir, however, told the court that he was implicated in the case because the family wanted to evict his sister from the tenanted premises owned by the girl's father. A false rape case was registered against him because of enmity between the two families, he said. The court said since Sabir's sister had admitted to illegal possession of the shop of the victim's father, false acquisition against Sabir cannot be ruled out.