A special fast track court, while acquitting the accused in a rape case, has initiated prosecution for the offence of perjury against the woman complainant for filing a false case. The court said the complainant “habitually levels false allegations of rape” against persons with whom she had developed “intimate relations”.
“In the facts and circumstances of the present case, this court would be failing in its duty if the prosecutrix (complainant) is let off without punishment for giving false evidence. She is liable to be prosecuted for the offence of perjury,” Additional Sessions Judge Virender Bhat said.
The court directive comes in a 2012 case, where the complainant — a model — had accused her brother-in-law of rape on three occasions. She alleged that he raped her once in a hotel in Jaipur and then twice at her residence.
The special court acquitted the accused based on the scrutiny of overall testimony of the complainant.
“Various facts have come out during her cross-examination which suggests that she has cooked up a false story of rape…,” the court said.
The prosecution order for perjury also comes in another case, where the complainant admitted before court that she had filed a false rape case against a man in 2010.