TAMIL NADU

TN man acquitted of rape after victim says she married him

rape-rep The now 22-year-old victim was raped when she was 15 and has a six-year-old daughter | PTI
  • The victim's brother, who is unaware of the reason behind her sister's decision, said a recent order by the Madras High Court dashed all her hopes of getting justice.

A Tamil Nadu youth, who is accused of raping a woman when she was a minor and fathering a child seven years ago, has been acquitted of all charges after the victim told a Cuddalore court that she has married him, reports said.

The now 22-year-old victim, who had earlier resisted a Madras High Court order to marry the man, returned to him in December last year after a High Court judge sent her case back to a lower court and set aside the alleged rapist's conviction.

Registered in 2008, the rape case sparked outrage in the country in June last year, when Madras High Court Justice P. Devadass released the rapist sentenced to seven years in prison on bail so as to "mediate" with the victim.

Following the outrage, the court recalled the order and in October, another judge sent the case to the Cuddalore Mahila Court for fresh trial on an appeal filed by the man, who claimed that the girl was a “major” when they had “consensual” sex. The court also set aside his conviction and fine imposed on him.

Reports said the victim's brother, who is unaware of the reason behind her sister's decision, said the second order by the High Court dashed all her hopes of getting justice. She was "helpless" and the man married her only because he wanted to escape conviction, he was quoted as saying.

He told media that he lost his job recently and his sister felt she and her child were being a burden on him. However, reports also said he was against this marriage and that he has since severed all ties with his sister.

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