The sessions court in Ahmedabad has made it clear that a man cannot be compelled to marry his girlfriend, if she files a case of rape on promise of marriage.
The court has acquitted the accused of all charges.
A woman named Ms X got married in the year 1999 and has two children from the marriage. She got acquainted with Bhavesh Patel, a bank employee, (accused in the case), got into an intimate relationship with him, after he helped her obtain a loan.
According to Ms X, Patel asked her to get divorced from her husband so that the duo could get married. Subsequently, Ms X obtained a divorce from her husband in the year 2017 by preparing a divorce deed on a Rs 100 stamp paper. When Patel later backed out, she charged him with rape on promise of marriage.
Submission by Accused
According to Bhavesh Patel, in 2020, he introduced Ms X to his parents expressing his desire to marry her. However, his parents were against the union because the woman was previously married and had two children as well.
When Patel conveyed to Ms X that he would not be able to marry her, she lodged an FIR against him under Sections 376, 420 and 506(2) of the IPC, accusing him of raping her after promising marriage, and cheating and criminal intimidation.
Sessions Court, Ahmedabad
A sessions court that heard the matter expressed that a rape case is not a mode of forcing a man to fulfil his promise of marriage.
Additional Sessions Judge Amandeep Sibia refused to accept the woman’s accusations that she was forced and lured into the relationship on a false promise of marriage.
Adult Woman Not Legally Divorced
The court also noted that the complainant was 36-years-old and a mother of two at the time of alleged incidents in 2017. More importantly, the court rejected the submission that the complainant divorced her husband through a deed prepared on stamp paper, which cannot be held as legally valid.
The court also remarked that the woman could not have been naive enough to get into a physical relationship with a person when she was already married.
The Court added,
A married woman entering a relationship with the accused cannot say that he had cheated her by falsely promising marriage, as it is not possible for the accused to marry a married lady who had not obtained legal divorce.
The accused had taken the prosecutrix (victim) to introduce her to his parents, but they did not give their consent for the marriage. In these circumstances, it cannot be said that the accused had cheated her. A prosecution under Section 376 IPC is not a mode of enforcing a promise of marriage.
Accordingly, the accused was acquitted from the said charges.
- Some women have turned rape laws into a joke
- Many women believe it is absolutely alright to have extra-marital affairs (adultery is decriminalised, but still a ground for divorce in India), but term is as cruelty if the husbands do so
- When the women are betrayed by their paramours, they do not even spare them by taking advantage of gender biased laws
- Relationship between adults, if consensual, should be kept out of the ambit of the law
- Physical intimacy between two consenting adults should not be allowed to be converted into charges of rape, if the man backs out from marriage
- There are numerous cases where women have married better prospects, thereby, dumping previous boyfriends
- For the men, we have an advice as well – As an adult, you also need to be sure before making commitment to your partners. Knowing a situation well, being committed and then backing out due to non-acceptance from parents, is also not something that VFMI appreciates
- With regards to complainant casually making a divorce deed: This act demonstrates how women in India have zero fear of law, particularly when they know that their husbands may not take any action due to threats of false criminal cases against them and their families
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Rape Case Is Not Mode Of Forcing Man To Fulfil His Promise Of Marriage: Ahmedabad Sessions Court
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