A fast-track court acquitted a man accused of raping his tenant, saying that the police has been unable to prove the case against him after the alleged victim turned hostile during trial. The judgment was passed by one of the special fast track courts set up here to try exclusively cases related to sexual offences.
Jagdamba Singh was arrested by the Delhi police for allegedly raping the woman on May 28, 2011 and threatening to kill her and her child. Additional sessions judge (ASJ) T.R. Naval acquitted Singh, a resident of Sonia Vihar here, observing that the woman, who was allegedly raped, and her husband had not supported the prosecution’s case.
“In view of above reasons and discussion, it is held that prosecution could not prove its case against accused Jagdamba Singh beyond reasonable suspicion and shadow of doubt that he committed rape of the prosecutrix or he threatened to kill her or her son…. “Consequently, by giving him benefit of doubt, accused is acquitted for the offences punishable under Section 376/506 of the IPC,” the court said.
During the trial, the woman had told the court that Singh was the landlord of the house where she was residing and he had came to her room for taking rent. After she showed her inability to pay the rent, Singh started abusing her but he did not rape her, she had said.
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