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Meghalaya HC criticizes state govt for not challenging rape convict’s acquittal

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The Meghalaya high court chastised the state government on Tuesday for failing to challenge the acquittal of a man accused of raping and impregnating his minor stepdaughter.

The bench of Chief Justice Sanjib Banerjee and Justice W. Diengdoh also criticized the state government for failing to conduct a DNA test to determine who may have been the father of the rape victim’s child.

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A division bench of Chief Justice Sanjib Banerjee and Justice Wanlura Diengdoh chastised the state government for failing to challenge a trial court’s order and judgement acquitting a man accused of raping and impregnating his stepdaughter.

The bench chastised the state government for failing to conduct a DNA test to determine the identity of the father of the minor girl’s child, saying, “It is somewhat surprising that the State did not prefer an appeal or try to get to the bottom of the matter by insisting on a DNA test to be conducted.” Sexual abuse of children is a deep-rooted social malaise, and if the State does not take the matter seriously and limits its role to the mere prosecutor’s job that it is required by law to perform, the larger menace may not be arrested.”

A man was arrested and charged with raping his minor stepdaughter under Sections 5 and 6 of the POCSO Act. The trial court, however, acquitted him, citing the fact that the alleged survivor testified at the trial that the accused had not committed rape on her.

A man was charged with raping his minor stepdaughter under Sections 5 and 6 of the POCSO Act. The trial court, however, acquitted him, based on the fact that the accusation survivor had conclusively testified at the trial that the accused had not committed rape on her.

 

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