Man acquitted in 32-yr-old rape case
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.