New Delhi: Consent of a girl is not possible in case of gang-rape and the accused cannot defend himself on the ground of victim`s complicity, the Supreme Court held on Tuesday.
The apex court said the girl cannot be a consenting party in case of gang rape and it will be presumed that the prosecutrix did not give consent.
A bench of justices BS Chauhan and SA Bobde dismissed the plea of the accused who had submitted that there was consent on the part of victim.
It upheld trial court`s verdict of sentencing them to ten years of imprisonment.
According to the victim, the incident took place in June, 1999 in Jharkhand when two boys had forcibly taken her to a school where she was raped and later some others joined in and sexually assaulted her.
"The trial court has thoroughly appreciated the facts of the case and come to the conclusion that in view of the provisions of Section 114-A of Indian Evidence Act, 1872 there is a presumption as to absence of consent in case of gang-rape.
"And it will be presumed that the prosecutrix did not give consent, as this presumption is based on the reasoning that nobody can be a consenting party to several persons simultaneously. Thus, consent is not possible in the case of gang rape," it said.