HC for action against girls providing false evidence

Lovers-turned foes
HC for action against girls providing false evidence
Saurabh Malik
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 14
The Punjab and Haryana High Court has called for action against girls seeking to push behind bars the man they had initially loved and even tied the knot with.

The call for initiating action for furnishing false evidence came after the High Court took cognisance of a large number of petitions filed by lovers-turned-foes. Dubbing it as an “abuse” of the court process, Justice Jaswant Singh also expressed the hope that the authorities concerned shall initiate appropriate action in such matters.

Taking up a petition filed by one such victim, Justice Jaswant Singh observed that directions had been sought for quashing an FIR for rape, criminal intimidation and other offences registered at a Hisar police station in October 2009 under Sections 376, 342, 506 and 120-B of the IPC on the basis of a compromise.

Justice Jaswant Singh observed the allegations against the petitioner were that he along with his co-accused took the complainant to a place in Delhi and raped her. The complainant was stated to have been kept at different places for nearly three weeks.

The petitioner’s stand was that he and the complainant were in love and solemnised marriage in Delhi, where his brother and mother were present. The couple also approached the High Court for protection, as they were apprehending threat to their life and liberty at the hands of the girl’s family, Justice Jaswant Singh observed.

Before parting with the order, Justice Jaswant Singh asserted: “In view of the fact that the petitioners have been acquitted, nothing survives in the matter. But, it is extremely unfortunate that an educated girl has irresponsibly levelled serious allegations against the petitioner and his family, resulting in petitioner suffering more than seven months in custody.”

Disposing of the petition as in fructuous, the Judge added: “In my opinion, such attempts amount to abuse of process of court. Experience informs us that the courts are flooded with such litigations. It is hoped that appropriate action under Section 193 of the IPC (punishment for false evidence) shall be initiated by the authorities concerned.

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