6 year delay in rape FIR invalid

A per a recent judgment of Delhi High Court, a man accused of raping a 30-year-old married woman in 2010 after allegedly spiking her drink was discharged by a court on Monday. The court noted that there was no valid jurisdiction for a delay of six years in lodging the FIR.

“No complaint was lodged by the woman till May 27, 2016, though she was allegedly raped by the accused for the first time on June 16, 2010. As per prosecutrix, she was raped for the last time on May 21, 2016. There is no valid justification for delay in lodging the FIR,” said additional sessions judge Praveen Kumar.

The man, a Delhi resident, was booked under sections 376 (rape), 506 (criminal intimidation) and 323 (voluntarily causing hurt) of the Indian Penal Code.

The court further said that the delay of one or two days in lodging the FIR may be “bonafide, reasonable and justified” in a given case. “However, in the present case there is delay of more than six years in lodging the FIR.” It rejected the claims of the woman that the accused had threatened and blackmailed her with their obscene videos, saying no such videos were recovered by the police during investigation.

According to the prosecution, the woman had lodged a complaint in May this year alleging that the accused, who she worked with, came to her house in June 2010 and after spiking her drink, raped her.

The man, on the other hand, contended that he had known the complainant and had also helped her financially.

Source: The Times of India

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