Man acquitted in 32-yr-old rape case

DNA Sunday (Mumbai) - - MU BAI - Pranali Lot­likar Chin­darkar

A 32-year-old rape case was fi­nally dis­posed of by the Ses­sion’s Court with the court ac­quit­ting the ac­cused —a se­nior ci­ti­zen— of rape charges. Unavail­abil­ity of the vic­tim as well as of the in­ves­ti­gat­ing of­fi­cer along with torn po­lice pa­pers led to vic­tim’s ac­quit­tal in the case. Al­though court had given sev­eral op­por­tu­ni­ties to the pros­e­cu­tion to ap­proach wit­nesses, the pros­e­cu­tion failed to prove its case be­yond rea­son­able doubt.

The court in its order copy held that twice the pros­e­cu­tion was given a chance to ap­proach the vic­tim as well as the in­ves­ti­gat­ing of­fi­cer in the case, but both the times it filed re­ports say­ing that since the case is a 32-year-old case, po­lice ma­chin­ery is not able to trace them. Also it had be­come dif­fi­cult to reach to a log­i­cal end, since the pa­pers which the po­lice had, were torn as well as the state­ments were trun­cated.

“The pros­e­cu­tion has mis­er­ably failed to prove the guilt of the ac­cused, and thus the ac­cused is en­ti­tled to an ac­quit­tal,” held the court.

Ac­cord­ing to the pros­e­cu­tion’s case, the ac­cused Avadeshram Jaiswal (60), was ac­cused of al­legedly rap­ing his com­plex’s watch­man’s wife and its FIR was reg­is­tered on July 21, 1985. A chargesheet was filed against the ac­cused im­me­di­ately.

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