Criminal Trial not a theatre of the absurd, Hostile Prosecutrix alone cannot absolve Rape Accused, SC

Meera Emmanuel September 29 2018

The Supreme Court has held that merely because a rape survivor turns hostile and submits false evidence favouring the rapist, it would not be sufficient to acquit him if there is sufficient evidence to prove his guilt otherwise.

In this case, the Gujarat High Court had reversed  a Trial Court's acquittal of the rape accused after prime witnesses, including the prosecutrix/survivor, turned hostile. Dismissing an appeal preferred by the accused, the  Bench of Justices Ranjan Gogoi and Navin Sinha affirmed the High Court . . .

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