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Rape accused acquitted in light of WhatsApp chat between him and prosecutrix
Ritu Vs State
Crl. L.P. No. 817 of 2018
About/from the judgment:
The High Court dismissed an appeal filed against the judgment of the trial court whereby the accused was acquitted of the offences under Sections 376 and 506 IPC.
The prosecutrix had alleged that the accused made false promises of marrying her and established physical relationship with her forcefully. However the trial court acquitted the accused of all the charges holding that the deposition of the prosecutrix was insufficient to prove guilt of the accused. Aggrieved thereby, the prosecutrix filed the present criminal leave petition.
On perusal of the record, the High Court was of the view that the impugned judgment did not suffer from any infirmity. It considered the printout of WhatsApp chats and transcription of telephonic conversation between the parties which were duly admitted by the prosecutrix in cross-examination. The chat and conversation amply demonstrated that the prosecutrix consented for physical relationship out of her own free will and without any inducement. Thereafter, she had second thoughts about marrying the accused and in fact she was threatening to falsely implicate and defame him. Given such facts and circumstances, the Court declined to interfere and the petition was dismissed.
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