Greed for money can make one indulge in severe crimes, even if they are about reporting false cases such as rape. One such case of a national level basketball player was reported in May 2019, which is a blot not just on sportsmanship, but also on the idea of empowerment of a woman.
A national-level basketball player had been booked by Rohtak police after a local court ordered arrest of the girl for allegedly filing multiple false rape cases against men in order to extort money from them. The accused, was a BA second year student at a college in Rohtak, and had filed a rape case against a national-level kabaddi player in April earlier last year.
Allegations By Woman
The female player narrated that she had come in contact with the male kabaddi player while practising at Rajiv Gandhi Sports Stadium in Rohtak. She then said that the man promised to marry her and maintained physical relations with her. However, she accused him of backtracking on his promise of marriage. She further alleged in her complaint that he threatened to make her intimate pictures viral if she complained to anyone.
Based on the complaint, the police had booked the kabaddi player under
- Sections376 (2)
- Section 506 (criminal intimidation)
…of the Indian Penal Code and arrested him.
Defence By The Man
On May 10, when the kabaddi player filed his bail plea, the complainant completely changed her stance. While being present in the court, she told the additional sessions judge Rajinder Pal Goyal that she had no objection if he was granted bail as ‘they had reached a compromise.’
Observation by the Court
The judge then informed the complainant that as per laws, she could not reach a compromise in a rape case. He quoted,
The offence which is serious, heinous and cognisable was not compoundable as per law.
To this, the complainant retorted to the judge that she had lodged a case due to some ‘misunderstanding’.
Woman Was Exposed
The public prosecutor shared with the court that it had come to his knowledge that the complainant was a “professional girl” who had blackmailed several young men earlier in order to extort money from them. The defence also submitted a video in which the girl was bargaining with “her customers” while sitting in a car. In the said video, the girl was refusing to take the money because it was insufficient as per her demands.
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Further, the public prosecutor also put on record an FIR that was previously registered against the woman for extorting Rs 1 lakh from a man, with whom she maintained physical relations and then demanded Rs 20 lakh in order to not register a false rape case against him.
Based on all the evidence brought on record, the court granted bail to the kabaddi player, by asking him to keep sureties worth Rs 1 lakh. It also observed,
The complainant was a blackmailer who was habitual in getting false rape cases registered in order to extort money. After getting the money, she either withdraws the case or endorses the bail of the accused.
Later, the judge directed Rohtak SP to book the complainant and also educate all the SHOs to be vigilant of such fake cases. The Rohtak police on Tuesday booked the girl under Sections 182, 211 and 384 of the IPC on the court’s order.
All rape cases are not false, however, due to such con women and their demands, real victims don’t get justice.