JAIPUR: A special
hearing Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) cases in
issued notices to an alleged rape survivor and her mother for turning
in the court.
According to special public prosecutor,
, the court in its order on November 1, acquitted the person accused of the rape and took serious cognizance of the mother–daughter duo changing their statements.
The girl in her statements under Section 164 (CrPC) had claimed herself to be a minor and alleged that on January 1, 2018, she was abducted and raped when she was heading to
to submit her scholarship form. Her mother supported the allegation.
During arguments in the trial, however, the complainant and her mother changed their statements. In her complaint, the girl claimed to be a minor but during the court trial she admitted to be over 18-years-old and denied she was raped. In fact, she told court that villagers compelled her to file the complaint.
According to Shekhawat, the court took a serious cognizance of the duo turning hostile in the court and directed the district collector to inform the court if any compensation was granted under the SC/ST Act to the alleged rape survivor or not.
“It was my humble submission before the court that woman had filed the rape case under POCSO Act, and the resources of the state machinery were marshalled for the pursuance of justice. Despite a chargesheet being submitted against the accused, the survivor and her mother completely backtracked from their earlier allegations,” Shekhawat said, adding that the court took a cognizance under Section 193 (false evidence) and issued a notice to the girl and her mother, seeking their response.
“The girl and her mother will have to submit that their response to the court. Similarly, the court has directed if any action is taken in the future against the girl, she should be treated as above 18-years of age,” he said.
(The victim’s identity has not been revealed to protect her privacy as per Supreme Court directives on cases related to sexual assault)