Senior citizen acquitted of rape,court calls for curbing of false cases

An 82-year-old man has been acquitted of the charge of raping his maid,by a Delhi court,which said the government should frame guidelines for regulating placement agencies supplying domestic help to curb instances of registration of such false cases.

Written by Press Trust Of India | New Delhi | Published: June 11, 2013 2:05 am

An 82-year-old man has been acquitted of the charge of raping his maid,by a Delhi court,which said the government should frame guidelines for regulating placement agencies supplying domestic help to curb instances of registration of such false cases.

Additional Sessions Judge Nivedita Anil Sharma acquitted Delhi resident Krishan Lal Chawla,observing that the case was a “living example” of a domestic help putting false rape and threat allegation on her old and ailing employer only to “achieve her selfish ends of extorting money over and above her salary”.

“This court has been informed that there are no laws,policies or rules to regulate placement agencies which supply maids and servants for working in houses. Considering the crying need of the day,it is required that some regulatory law or policy is made by the government and police so that there can be a check on the placement agencies and it is made compulsory that police verification of the maids and servants is done before they take up employment,” ASJ Sharma said.

The court said a copy of the order be sent to secretaries of Ministry of Law and Justice of both the Central and the Delhi government,chairpersons of National Commission for Women and Delhi Commission for Women and Commissioner and additional commissioner (West) of Delhi Police.

According to police,the 18-year-old domestic help,who was hired through a placement agency,was allegedly raped by the senior citizen several times in his house between August 2010 to July 2011. The help had alleged that she had been threatened not to disclose it.

Police said when the help informed the accused’s wife,the wife slapped her,which led to her left eye being permanently damaged.

In July 2011,the help approached police.

During the trial,the accused said he was innocent and had been falsely implicated in the case by the help so she could extort money,even after her salary had been paid.

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