Man denied bail for rape after false promise of marriage

June 20th, 2008 - 10:54 pm ICT by IANS  


New Delhi, June 20 (IANS) A city court Friday denied anticipatory bail to an employee of a multinational company (MNC) who had allegedly raped a woman after meeting her through a popular matrimonial website. The accused even offered to marry her but Additional Sessions Judge Kamini Lau rejected his plea, saying it was a mere ploy to wriggle out of the criminal case.

“In a nation which protects its women from non-consensual sex even if it is by her separated husband, the allegations made by the complainant about physical exploitation by a prospective groom under the pretext of marriage are serious,” Lau said, rejecting the bail plea of Rehan Ghauri, a marketing executive with an MNC.

The court took a serious view of Ghauri’s alleged “betrayal” and exploitation of the victim, a south Delhi resident whose profile was posted on the matrimonial site by her parents.

“Society is surviving on faith and truth, and treachery has no place in civilised society. Marriage is a serious affair and no person can be allowed to be subjected to this kind of physical, mental and emotional exploitation by such non-serious suitors,” the court said, dismissing the bail application.

After coming across the woman’s profile on the matrimonial website jeevansathi.com, Ghauri communicated with her, showing his intent to marry her, the police said.

He allegedly became intimate with her and later forced her to enter into a physical relationship with the promise of marriage. The woman filed a police case after he backed out of the marriage proposal.

The case was registered by her at Sangam Vihar police station under the Indian Penal Code Sections 420 (cheating) and 376 (rape) last month.

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