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Apex Court Acquits Man Accused of Kidnapping Girl Who Later went on to Marry the Main Accused

Lawstreet Journal 9 Feb 2021 7:54pm

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In a recent Judgement dated 3rd February, 2021,  the Apex Court acquitted  a man accused of abducting a women who later on went on to marry the main accused.  This judgement was pronounced by the Court in an Appeal against an order dated 16th October, 2020,  passed by the Punjab and Haryana High Court which dismissed a petition  filed by the appellant under section 482 of the Code of Criminal Procedure, 1973. 

The facts of the case date back to the year 2013 when the complainant , Rashmi Adhen filed an FIR against the present appellant and Vikram Roop Rai under sections 363 and 366-A of the Indian Penal Code,1860.  She alleged that on 23.1.2013, Vikram Roop Rai and the present appellant had kidnapped her eldest daughter who was at the time 17.5 years of age , by enticing her for the purpose of marriage. 

By an order dated 13.8.2013, the accused Vikram Roop Rai -who was by this time married to the prosecutrix- was acquitted by the  Learned Sessions Judge on the ground that no birth certificate or any other proof was produced to disclose that the girl  was below the age of 18 years at the time of the occurrence of the alleged crime. 

The Trial Court observed that there was nothing in the statement of the prosecutrix Witness 2 that she tried to escape from the clutches of the accused or thather marriage was solemnized without her consent. The Court went on to observe that keeping in mind the facts… Continue Reading...


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