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A man facing trial for allegedly abducting and raping a minor has been acquitted by a trial court after the alleged victim told the court that she was under an impression that she was to depose against another man with whom she had eloped.

The girl also deposed that she knew the accused — who was present in the court — as he was her neighbour but was ignorant about the case in which he had been in jail.

While absolving the charges against the accused, the court noted that the victim had come to the court under an impression that she is deposing as a witness in a case lodged against Shajid, the man with whom she had eloped. “Shajid was not present (in the court). She knew accused as he resides near her home, but she does not know why he is in jail,” additional sessions judge Sanjeev Kumar noted while acquitting the man.

The court freed the accused saying the prosecution failed to prove his guilt as the alleged victim failed to identify him as the culprit. “On appreciation of the testimony of the victim and her mother, it is evident that they have not identified accused as the one who kidnapped the girl or committed rape with her, hence, they have been declared as hostile witnesses.

The victim’s neighbour was apprehended three months ago after the girl’s parents, who run a tea stall, had complained that their 16-year-old daughter had gone missing from their house in northwest Delhi on October 15 last year.



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