Bombay High Court (HC) has acquitted a Ratnagiri science teacher of the charge of raping a student in his house,saying the prosecution failed to establish his guilt beyond reasonable doubt.
HC set aside a sessions court verdict sentencing Dharmaraj Ganpatil (then 28) to 10 years and ordered his release from Kolhapur jail.
The prosecution said the teacher used to tutor the standard 10 student in his house and one day,expressed his love for her.
She rejected the proposal,saying such behaviour did not befit him but continued to take tuitions.
The teacher kept expressing his love and continued to face rejections.
He allegedly threatened to cut her marks if she did not relent and one day raped her. Thereafter,he allegedly repeatedly molested her.
The girl conceived and her parents took her to a doctor,who declared her eight months pregnant.
In 1996,she delivered but the baby died within two weeks of birth. The victim or her parents did not approach police.
However,an anonymous letter was received by police on the basis of which her statement was recorded on August 4,1996.
The girl said she had no intention to lodge a complaint against Dharmaraj and that the anonymous letter was to tarnish her image and that of her family.
She also claimed that she was responsible for the molestation and intended to lead a peaceful life in future.