Victim,witness untraceable,court acquits four accused of gangrape

Ten years later,police arrested four others and submitted a supplementary chargesheet against them.

Written by D K RITURAJ | New Delhi | Published: December 7, 2013 1:08 am

Eleven years ago,a woman,along with a male friend,had gone to India Gate for a walk and an ice cream in the evening. They were chased by six men who abducted and gangraped the woman. A man was arrested and tried by the court within a year,but was acquitted when the victim turned hostile.

Ten years later,police arrested four others and submitted a supplementary chargesheet against them. Once the case surfaced for trial in 2012,the investigating officer could not track the victim or the eye-witness to the incident.

Since the victim or the witnesses were not available to testify against the accused,on November 22,a fast track court in Saket decided to put the lid on the case by acquitting the four accused.

“Various efforts of the prosecution to produce the prosecutrix and other material witnesses have failed and hence,considering that earlier also the witnesses had turned hostile against accused … I see no reason for the case to be allowed to further linger on when the prosecutrix and the witnesses themselves are also not serious or following the case…,”Additional Sessions Judge Yogesh Khanna said.

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