Den­tist bit­ten by fear of rape smear

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HELP­ING a woman in ‘dis­tress’ proved costly for a Delhi-based den­tist, who is now liv­ing in the fear of be­ing im­pli­cated in a false rape and mo­lesta­tion case.

He has sought help from Delhi Po­lice to pre­vent any such case against him. In his com­plaint to the po­lice, he stated how a woman vis­ited his clinic seek­ing free treat­ment on the as­sur­ance of pay­ing the charges once she got a job. “Af­ter a lot of pur­su­ing, I agreed to treat her for free for the sake of hu­man­ity,” he said.

Af­ter some­time, the woman again ap­proached him seek­ing an ad­vance treat­ment for free. This time he re­fused.

“I told her that it was very costly treat­ment and some lab charges were in­volved but she was not ready to pay a sin­gle penny. I re­fused her fur­ther treat­ment as it was highly costly,” stated the com­plaint.

Claims woman seek­ing free treat­ment may frame him

Re­quest­ing anonymity, the den­tist told MAIL TO­DAY, “She came to my house some­time later on the pre­text of dis­cussing some is­sue. When I opened the door, she started shout­ing ‘rape’. My neigh­bours rushed to my house. I was very scared as she di­aled 100 and the po­lice came.”

He claimed the woman agreed to set­tle the case and took money from him. Amit Lakhani, pres­i­dent, Men Wel­fare Trust, said, “This is a clas­sic ex­am­ple of mis­use of rape laws in In­dia wherein a com­plaint is filed only for the pur­pose of black­mail­ing and ex­tor­tion. On a mere tes­ti­mony, a com­plaint is filed and if the per­son doesn’t pay up and set­tle the mat­ter, an FIR is lodged fol­lowed by ar­rest.” Sneha Agrawal/New Delhi

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