A court in Chennai has ordered a compensation of Rs 15 lakh to a person implicated in a false rape case. The man who received the compensation was arrested on a charge of misdemeanor in college days and faced trial for more than seven years. This compensation amount will have to be paid to the alleged victim and her family members.
In the case of this person named Santosh, it came out that the DNA of the girl who had accused him of rape did not match with the satisfaction of the girl. Santosh then filed a suit for compensation against the girl who made the false accusation. Santosh said that the allegations of false rape ruined his career and life.
Partially allowing her plea, a Chennai court directed the accused girl and her parents to pay compensation of Rs 15 lakh to Santosh. Santosh had demanded Rs 30 lakh as compensation from the girl, her parents and the police inspector of the Secretariat Colony police station investigating the case. Santosh’s lawyer A Sirajuddin said that his client’s family and the woman’s family were neighbors. They belonged to the same community.
There was agreement between the two families that Santosh would marry the woman. However, there was a property dispute between the two families later. After this, Santosh and his family shifted to another place in Chennai.
Santosh started studying for B.Tech in an engineering college. Then one day the girl’s mother reached Santosh’s house and told Santosh’s parents that he raped the girl and made her pregnant. The girl’s family demanded that Santosh’s family arrange for their marriage.
When Santosh refused to get married, the girl’s family lodged a rape case against him. He was arrested and jailed for 95 days in judicial custody. On February 12, 2010, he came out of jail on bail.
By that time, the alleged victim had given birth to a baby girl. When the girl’s DNA was tested on Santosh’s demand, it was proved that Santosh was not the child’s father. Finally, a female court in Chennai acquitted Santosh on February 10, 2016, of the rape charge.
Santosh filed suit for damages saying that he had to spend Rs 2 lakh for the case. He also could not obtain a commercial driving license and was forced to work as an office assistant.