New Delhi: A man facing trial for allegedly raping his tenant`s wife has been acquitted by a Delhi court after the woman deposed that she was in love with him and had consensual sex with him.
Additional Sessions Judge Ajay Kumar Jain let off Imran from the charges of rape, also relying on the medical report, which said the woman had not been raped.
"In her testimony before the court, she stated that she along with her husband was residing as tenant in the house of accused Imran and there she fell in love with him and had sexual relations with him voluntarily.
"Medical examination also does not suggest any forcible intercourse, on the other hand consensual intercourse appears more plausible," the court said, adding "therefore, Imran is given benefit of doubt and acquitted of all charges."
Imran was arrested after the woman lodged a complaint with police alleging that he had raped her in his house, where she was staying with her husband, when her husband was out.
The woman had added that on January 1, 2012 she along with her husband had come to Delhi from their native village Sujana in Uttar Pradesh.
On January 2, 2012 while they were sitting on footpath near Sarai Kale Khan bus stand here, accused Imran had met them and had asked them to stay at his house as tenants, she had said.
According to the police, Imran had taken the woman and her
husband to his flat, where they had stayed during the night and in the morning he took the woman`s husband along with four others for some work, but had returned within 15 minutes.
When the woman did not open the door, Imran told her he had forgotten something and when he entered the flat, bolted it from inside and raped her and then threatened to kill her husband if she told anyone about the incident, the police had said.
The counsel for Imran, on the other hand, had denied the allegations and had contended that the accused and the woman had fallen in love with each other.
Acquitting Imran, the court noted that there were many contradictions in her statement to the police and to the one recorded by the magistrate under section 164 of the Criminal Procedure Code (CrPC).
The woman had told the police that the accused had taken her and her husband to his flat from the bus stand, prior to raping her, whereas in her statement under section 164 CrPC she had stated that they were at the railway station from where the accused had taken them to his flat, where they had stayed for the night and on the next day he had raped her.