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Rape is allowed if the victim is paid

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IE brings you this little noticed news from none less than the supreme court of India:

The Supreme Court has let off three men convicted of a gang-rape committed 14 years ago, noting that they have reached a compromise with their victim.

A Bench of Justices Markandeya Katju and Gyan Sudha Mishra upheld the conviction of the three men and reduced their 10-year jail term to three-and-half years — the period of imprisonment already undergone.

The apex court further directed the convicts — Baldev Singh, Gurmail Singh and Hardeep Singh — all said to be farmers who had gangraped the victim in Punjab’s Ludhiana district on March 5, 1997, to pay a fine of Rs. 50,000 each to the victim as fine.

The apex court said though rape was not a compoundable (compromise/fine) offence, yet in exceptional circumstances, courts could reduce the minimum sentence of 10 years.

The apex court ordered “the amount shall be paid to the victim within three months”, failing which it would be recovered under the Land Revenue Act from them and paid to the victim.

Not only can the crime of rape now be amicably settled by an appropriate payment, if that payment is not made in time the act to apply is one that relates to non-payment of rent.

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Written by Arhopala Bazaloides

February 26, 2011 at 12:57 pm

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