HC quashes rape case after accused pays Rs 10 lakh to victim

Mumbai: In an unusual verdict, the Bombay High Court has quashed a rape case against a 30-year-old man after he paid Rs 10 lakh to the 23-year-old victim, who is now seven months pregnant, saying it was being done under "special circumstances" and with the woman's consent.

A bench headed by Justices Abhay Oka and Amjad Sayed, said, "We are quashing the complaint under special circumstances as the victim has consented to this and the accused has deposited Rs 10 lakh to secure her future and the unborn child."

"The records revealed that both were in consensual relationship," the judges observed in their order yesterday.

The bench also directed that the money paid by the Pune-based accused be kept in fixed deposit in a nationalised bank for 10 years.

The complainant would be entitled to the interest earned on the sum and at the end of the term she would be eligible to withdraw the amount, said the judges.

The complainant told the court that she had no objection to the complaint being quashed and that she would like to settle the matter while the accused agreed to deposit Rs 10 lakh for her benefit as well as for the unborn child.