Bhartesh Singh Thakur
Tribune News Service
Chandigarh, September 24
About 40 per cent of the rape cases disposed of by the police in Haryana between 2018 and 2020 have been declared “false”, according to the State Crime Record Bureau data. Also, the conviction rate in cases where the court trials proceeded was less than two incidents out of every 10. The police disposed of 4,093 cases in the three-year period, of which 1,650 (40.3 per cent) rape FIRs were found false.
Citing instances, an official said in October 2020, the Gurugram police registered a case of extortion against a woman for allegedly demanding Rs 1 crore from a retired cop for taking back her rape case against him. In September 2019, a Rohtak court ordered the registration of a case against a woman for allegedly reporting false gang-rape incident, the official said.
“In several cases, including those of elopement and marriage-related disputes, rape is alleged initially, but the charges are dropped later due to lack of evidence,” said Haryana DGP PK Agrawal.
Among gang-rape incidents, 55 cases (39.6 per cent) of the total 139 were declared false in 2018. The corresponding figures stood at 80 (51 per cent) of 157 in 2019 and 72 (45.3 per cent) of 159 in 2020.
In 2018, 104 complaints (37.7 per cent) of the 276 related to “repeated rapes on same women” were found false. The corresponding count stood at 60 (32.6 per cent) of 184 in 2019 and 181 (44.9 per cent) of the 403 complaints in 2020.
“There are cases where live-in relationships go sour and women allege rape. There are also cases of habitual women levelling allegations only for money. The truth comes out after detailed investigations and FIRs are subsequently cancelled,” said criminal lawyer Abhishek Rana.
Sameer Sethi, another lawyer, alleged that the rape law was often misused to settle scores and extort money. “There are also cases where both parties reach a compromise during trial,” he said.
When it comes to child rapes under Sections 4 and 6 of the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act, the story of false cases remains the same. A total of 89 FIRs (8.5 per cent) of the 1,046 in 2018 were declared false. It was 11 per cent in 2019 (126 false of 1,147). The count stood at 12.4 per cent for 2020 (136 of 1,097 cases declared false). The conviction rate here was 32.5 per cent in 2018, 32.4 per cent in 2019 and 25.2 per cent in 2020.
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