Bombay HC dismisses FIR after rape victim marries accused

A division bench of Justices Ranjit More and Bharati Dangre was hearing the petition filed by the man against whom the FIR was registered by a woman last year, alleging rape and cheating

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The Bombay High Court recently dismissed an FIR under which a man was booked for raping a woman on the pretext of marriage. The FIR was dismissed after the woman told the court that both, the victim and the accused were now happily married to each other.

A division bench of Justice Ranjit More and Bharati Dongre was hearing the petition filed by the accused who was booked under sections 376 and 420 of the IPC last year after a woman had filed an FIR, alleging rape and cheating.

However, the couple approached the court last month and said that they had been in a consensual relationship at the time of the alleged rape incident and the woman had filed the FIR after the man had refused to marry her.

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After which, they both were counseled by family and friends and they tied the knot in January this year. The victim submitted in court that she and the accused were living together happily.

“So far as the instant case is concerned, we have gone through the charge sheet. Evidently, the petitioner man and victim woman were adults at the time of the incident in question. The physical relationship between the parties was consensual and the FIR came to be filed when the petitioner refused to marry the woman. They have got married on January 19, 2019, under the provisions of the Special Marriage Act, 1954,” the HC ruled.

After considering all aspects, the bench said that no purpose would be served in continuing with the prosecution of the accused.

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