False allegations may mean nothing for some women, but can cost precious years of life and lifelong stigma for a falsely accused man. In a recent case reported from Mumbai, a 24-year-old man was acquitted after his younger sister confessed to filing false rape case against him.
The woman has now confessed that she filed the complaint as her brother had scolded and assaulted her for going out with her boyfriend. The man had spent more than two years in jail.
In 2019, a minor girl filed an FIR against her elder brother accusing him of sexually assaulting her when their parents not at home. The court heard the deposition of two witnesses, including the girl and the investigating officer.
The man, then 22-years-old, was arrested on charges of raping his sister under POCSO and was lodged in jail for the past two years.
However, now the woman has retracted her statement and informed the court that she had lodged the complaint as her brother had reprimanded and hit her for going out with her boyfriend. She denied the contents of the FIR about sexual assault. She also denied that any medical examination was done at the hospital after the FIR was filed.
A special court in Dindoshi passed the order last week, acquitting the man on charges of rape and sections of the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act, reported Indian Express.
The court said there was no evidence produced to show that the girl was a minor in 2018, when the alleged incident took place. The court said the testimony of the girl was not trustworthy as it had contradictions and omissions. The court added,
PW 1 (girl) might not have supported the prosecution case because of inter-se relation between the victim girl and the accused. She has resiled from her own statement so I am constrained to hold that because of the contradictory, unbelievable testimony of the victim and insufficient evidence, the offence have not been proved against the accused.
The man was acquitted. No punishment for the false accuser.
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