HC grants two-month bail to rape accused to marry survivor

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Bhopal: The Madhya Pradesh high court has granted two-month bail to a rape accused to marry the survivor. The accused had repeatedly raped the divorcee woman on the promise to marry her. However, he went back from his promise even after the woman divorced her husband. The High Court granted bail to the man after the two agreed to tie the knot.

In its order, a single bench of justice SK Awasthi said the police arrested the accused on February 12 for allegedly repeatedly raping the woman, criminal intimidation and under the Scheduled Castes and the Scheduled Tribes (Prevention of Atrocities) Act from Dewas district.

“The counsel for the appellant said the prosecutrix (woman) in her statement, which was recorded under section 164 of CrPC, had said she was in love with the appellant and he made physical relation with her first on February 15, 2017.”

“Thereafter, he started coming to her house regularly and continued to have physical relationship with her. On the insistence of the appellant she divorced her husband and thereafter he refused to marry her,” it said.

The counsel has submitted now the family members of both the parties are ready to solemnize their marriage. And, the woman has also given an affidavit before the court in this regard, the court order maintained.

“The appellant and the prosecutrix are major and they are ready to solemnize marriage. In the circumstances, the court allows the present appeal in part and grants a temporary bail to the appellant for a period of two months from the date of his release so that during this period he can solemnize the marriage with the prosecutrix.”

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