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'Court no marriage bureau for rapists'

Ehtasham Khan in New Delhi | May 05, 2005 15:51 IST

Lawyers and socials activists have criticised a Delhi court for considering a rapist's offer to marry his victim.

The victim, a nurse at the Shanti Mukund Hospital in east Delhi, rejected the offer on Wednesday and the rapist was sentenced to life imprisonment.

However, the fact that the court asked the victim and her family to file a reply to the rapist's offer has surprised lawyers and women activists.

The rapist, a ward boy, had gouged the girl's eye out after raping her.

Rapist's marriage offer atrocious: NCW

Communist Party of India-Marxist leader Brinda Karat, who accompanied the victim to the court, said: "The court is not a marriage bureau for rapists and criminals. The judge has set a wrong precedent. Every rapist will take it for granted now. He will know he can get away with it. This will encourage a heinous crime like rape."

Social activist Ruksana Chaudhary said, "If the accused was remorseful, he should have made the proposal in the beginning and not after two years of trial. This is nothing but a cruel joke."

The nurse was attending to a comatose patient when the ward boy raped her. She was found unconscious in a bathroom the next morning.

Her fight for justice continues

A case related to compensation and punishment for the negligent doctors at the Guru Teg Bahadur Hospital, who did not attend to her after the rape, is still pending in the Delhi high court.

Madhu Kishwar, editor of the women's magazine Manushi, said: "It is unthinkable. How can a judge accept such a request? This is so cruel. This only reflects our mindset."

Lawyer Prashant Bhushan said the marriage proposal could not have saved the rapist from the punishment due to him, which is a minimum of 10 years of imprisonment or a life term.

He said the law has been classified as compoundable and non-compoundable offences. "This was not a compoundable offence, so there was no point in entertaining such an application."

She wants to start life afresh

Bhushan said this case was sensitive in the way the woman was raped. Therefore, he felt, there was no reason to summon her to court to reply to such a proposal.

Raj Mangal Prashad of the voluntary group Pratidhi said: "The role of the court is to convict an accused depending on the evidence. The court should confine (its role) to that and nothing else. Once the accused is convicted, he should be sentenced."

Swati Mishra, a student of Delhi's Kirori Mal College, said: "How can one live with such a person? I praise the woman for her decision. She is a brave woman. I would prefer to stay unmarried for the rest of my life than marrying a rapist."

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Number of User Comments: 35

Sub: Court considered the marriage proposal of a rapist

It is very asd that court cosiderd the marriage proposal of a criminal.

Posted by Kirat Pal

Sub: Invitation to future rapists

Courts decision to ask the victim to respond has extended an invitation to future rapists. You have your eyes on someone who is beyond reach ...

Posted by Mahesh Jagga

Sub: Society Mindset

By allowing a marriage offer by a rapist to the victim, the court has just shown the mindset of the mail citizens towards the crime. ...

Posted by Surinder

Sub: Re : Marriage proposal

This is the best decsion given by the women. No women in her lie can live with such a person who has earlier raped her. ...

Posted by Robert

Sub: It can happen only in India

This is no doubt very shamefull for us, first so many rapes happens in India out of them very few get registered with police, and ...

Posted by Vinay Chauhan



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