New Delhi: A man has been ordered by the Delhi
High Court to be put on trial for allegedly raping a girl with
whom he had entered into a physical relation on the promise of
marrying her, which he eventually did, but only after secretly
tying the knot with another girl as per his parents` wishes.
"Considering the facts of the present case the respondent
(Manoj) is liable to be charged for rape," said Justice Mukta
Gupta, ordering the trial of Manoj, a former Blueline bus
"Accordingly, it is directed that the case file be sent
back to the Additional Sessions Judge (at trial court) for
framing of charge under Section 376 IPC (offence of rape) and
other charges made out against the respondent," said Justice
The High Court ordered Manoj`s trial on his second wife
Ritika`s (name changed) plea challenging the March 2008 order
of the trial court that no offence of rape was made out
The High Court ordered Manoj`s trial on various charges
including those of rape, deceitful cohabitation, marrying for
a second time during subsistence of the first marriage and
breach of trust.
Ritika`s counsel Vijay Singla told the high court that his
client had been engaged with Burari resident Manoj in January
2005 as per the wishes of their family members but the
engagement was called off by the boy`s family over dowry.