Rapist offers to marry his victim, but women’s panel objects

March 31st, 2009 - 10:36 pm ICT by IANS  

New Delhi, March 31 (IANS) The Delhi Commission for Women (DCW) Tuesday approached the Delhi High Court after a rape victim, under pressure, accepted a marriage offer of herr attacker, who has been denied bail by a city court.
The DCW in its letter said the woman had approached the commission for help as she was under pressure from her family.

The letter stated that a wrong precedent would be set if the rape accused are allowed to marry their victims during the pendency of the cases. The commission sought urgent intervention in the case, saying that if the attacker is granted bail, the law becomes meaningless.

The court will hear the DCW contention Wednesday.

The commission said that the woman had agreed to marry her attacker as she did not have any alternative.

The woman said she had been misguided both by her family and the legal advice she received, said the commission.

In its letter, the DCW argued that such steps by rape victims are against law, and if such instances take place, in all rape cases the accused men will walk scot-free after marrying their victims.

The incident happened in 2005 when Momin, a neighbour of the victim, called her to his house on some pretext, drugged her and raped her.

Momin, in jail for three years, was left with no other means of securing bail and decided to accept the victim as his wife. His bail application stated that even the victim had agreed to marry him.

The prosecution, however, opposed the bail, stating he cannot get away with such a heinous offence by deciding to marry the woman.

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