AGRA: A special SC/ST court in Muzaffarnagar acquitted a 30-year-old man who was charged with “forced religious conversion and rape of a woman” following “lack of evidence”.
It also ordered the police to register a case against the woman who filed a “fake complaint” against him and later turned “hostile” during the trial.
In October 2021, the woman, in her early 20s, had made several allegations in a police complaint filed against the man, Wasim Sakka. “A man used to follow me and one day he stopped me… He tried to be friendly,” said the complainant.
Court orders case against woman for giving false evidence
He introduced himself as ‘Akash’. He had ‘kalawa’ (sacred thread worn mainly by Hindus) on his arm. He later took me to his room and spiked my cold drink. After I fell unconscious, he raped me and filmed the act.
That was in February of last year,” the woman said. The woman was thereafter sexually assaulted for months, the complaint stated, adding that “the man later persuaded me and took me to a temple in Haryana, in July last year, and we had a ‘Hindu wedding’. We started living in Sujru where he disclosed that he was a Muslim and started putting pressure on me to convert.”
Based on her complaint, Wasim was booked under the religious conversion law as well as rape. “IPC sections 354 (assault or criminal force with intent to outrage woman’s modesty), 328 (causing hurt by means of poison with intent to commit an offence), 342 (wrongful confinement), 313 (causing miscarriage without woman’s consent) were added against the man, along with sections of the SC/ST Act. The man was then sent to jail,” said a senior cop, privy to the case. Wasim’s lawyer, Nawab Ali Chaudhry, on Friday, said, “The man was in jail for about 13 months since his arrest last year. During the court proceedings, which continued for several months, the woman turned hostile. She told the court that she was forced to make a false statement against Wasim. The court subsequently ordered that she be booked under CrPC 344 (giving false evidence). Wasim was acquitted earlier in the week by the court and released from prison.”

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