Gang rape accused acquitted by court
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Last Updated: Thursday, November 24, 2011, 17:02
New Delhi: Seven men, facing trial for gang raping a woman in a hotel in Gurgaon five years ago, have been acquitted by a Delhi court as the victim made a volte face and said she was never raped.

"Making allegations of gang rape against accused persons and then deposing that she was never raped by anyone of the present (seven) accused, is enough to hold that the woman can not be believed and her testimony cannot be considered trustworthy," said Additional Sessions Judge Yogesh Khanna letting off the seven.

"No case under section 376(2)(g) (gang rape) of the IPC is said to be proved against the accused persons," he said.

They had been accused of raping the woman in Paramount Hotel in Gurgaon on the pretext of giving her a job. They were Vijender, Vinod Kumar, Aman Singh, Pawan Kumar and Jai Kumar of Vasant Kunj in South Delhi and Gurgaon residents Balbir Singh and Anil, according to the prosecution.

"In her statement (to the police), she (woman) had levelled allegations of rape against all the accused persons. However, in her statement as prosecution witness, she deposed that she was not raped at all," the judge said.

The prosecution had told the court that Vijender was known to the woman, a resident of Vasant Kunj, and used to visit her house when her husband was lodged in Tihar Jail. He, along with Aman, had taken her to the hotel in Gurgaon on May 28, 2006 in a car on the pretext of getting her a job and other accused persons joined them in the hotel, it had said.

The woman had told police that the accused gave her cold drink laced with sedatives and she became unconscious after consuming it. She had added when she regained consciousness, she found she had been raped by the accused.


First Published: Thursday, November 24, 2011, 17:02

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