New Delhi: A youth facing trial on charges of
raping a girl after kidnapping her with help from his sibling
in 2009 has been let off by a Delhi court after the alleged
victim stated that he had had married her early this year and
the accused did not commit any wrong act with her.
While acquitting East Delhi resident Imran of the rape and
kidnapping charges, Additional Sessions Judge Sanjay Sharma
also let off his brother Irfan of the charges of helping his
brother in committing the crime.
The court let off the two brothers after the girl deposed
that her parents had implicated them in false case as they
were opposed to her marriage with Imran.
"It is to be noted here that she is now married to accused
Imran which fact she stated in her statement while adding that
neither Imran nor Irfan (his brother) committed any wrong act
with her," the court said.
ASJ Sharma also rejected the prosecution argument that the
girl was only about 14 years old at the time of alleged
incident, saying, "When the girl had not made any allegation
that either she was kidnapped or raped by the accused, the age
factor would not be of any consequence."
As per the prosecution case, the girl`s parents had told
the police on September 12, 2009 that Imran and his brother
had kidnapped their daughter a day earlier. They added two
days later that she was also raped by Imran in captivity.
The girl too told police that she was picked up by Imran
on September 11 while she was on her way to tuition classes
and was raped by him. She also said when she tried to raise an
alarm; she was beaten up with a belt by Imran and his brother.
Deposing before the court, she, however, identified Imran
as her husband and added that they got married on April 23,
She also said that on the day of the alleged incident, she
had gone to her friend`s house after being scolded by her
father and had stayed there overnight. The next day, her
parents had taken her back from her friend`s house.
She clarified that as her parents were opposed to her
marriage with Imran, they might have alleged that she was
kidnapped and raped by him.