The Bombay High Court on June 24, while rejecting an anticipatory bail plea, held that if a woman and a man are good friends, it does not mean that the woman is giving consent to the man to have physical relations.
This bail application was filed by the accused of raping allegedly on the pretext of marriage. Let us know what is the whole matter and what is the reaction of the court on this.
What did the court say?
Hearing an anticipatory bail plea of an accused in a case relating to rape on the promise of marriage , the Bombay High Court observed, “A man having a friendly relationship with a woman only if he considers that he has a physical relationship with a woman.” If you can make it, the law does not allow it.”
A single bench of Justice Bharati Dangre made this observation while hearing the matter.
What allegations has the woman made?
As per the complaint of the aggrieved woman, she knew the accused beforehand and both had gone to a common friend’s place once in 2019.
It is alleged that here the accused forced the woman to have a physical relationship with him.
According to the woman, he had even opposed the act at that time, but the accused told her that he liked her a lot and promised that he would marry her soon.
When pregnant, the accused raised questions on the character of the victim
The woman further said that after she became pregnant, the accused refused to marry her or take the responsibility of the pregnancy and started questioning her character.
The accused also accused the victim of being in a physical relationship with other people.
According to the victim, even after making all these allegations, the accused once forcibly had a relationship with her.
Events from 2019 to 2022
These incidents took place between May 17, 2019 and April 27, 2022. Based on the complaint of the victim, the police registered a case of rape in the case and arrested the accused. Now he had filed an anticipatory bail petition in the Supreme Court.
No license to make friendship with anyone – Court
The High Court in its judgment held that friendship with a woman does not give a license to a man to have sexual intercourse, even if he has specifically denied it.
She said, “Every woman expects respect in a relationship, whether it is mutual affection or friendship. Here the petitioner is accused of having sex with her on the pretext of marriage and then leaving her in pregnancy by questioning her character. Is.”
Anticipatory bail plea rejected till investigation is done
Referring to the complaint, the Bench said, “The accused developed a liking in the mind of the girl and then had sexual relations with her. The woman allowed it because the applicant had promised to marry the woman.
The allegations against the petitioner were made by the complainant. There is a need for a thorough investigation whether the accused had forced the woman to have a relationship. Till then the bail application is rejected.”