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2010 Rape Case: Man Discharged for a Delay of Six Years in Filing the FIR

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New Delhi, December 6, 2016: A man was discharged by a fast track court due to lack of valid justification for a delay of six years in filing a FIR. In 2010, the man had allegedly raped a 30-year-old after spiking her drink with a sedative.

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Praveen Kumar, the Additional Sessions Judge refused to charge the Delhi resident under the sections 376 (rape), 506 (criminal intimidation) and 323 (voluntary causing hurt) of the IPC, because the plaintiff had not lodged a FIR for the offences for six years.

According to PTI, the judge said, “No complaint was lodged by the woman till May 27, 2016, though she was allegedly raped by the accused for the first time on June 16, 2010. As per prosecutrix, she was raped for the last time on May 21, 2016. There is no valid justification for the delay in lodging the FIR”.

The judge further said that a delay of one or two days would be justified given the circumstances of the given case but the FIR was lodged after six whole years and the accuser did not raise alarm and cry or even lodge a report with the police against the alleged criminal for forcible sexual contact.

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The court also rejected charges claiming that the accuser was being blackmailed and threatened by the alleged man with obscene videos because no evidence of the existence of such videos was recovered during the investigation by the police.

According to the prosecution, the woman who is a mother of two children had professional relations with the accused who came into her house in June 2010 and on serving her a sedative-laced drink, raped her. The woman filed a complaint with the police this year.

The woman claimed that he repeatedly raped her while blackmailing her with their obscene pictures and videos. According to PTI, the accused claimed to help his opposition financially as she had problems with her husband and when he asked for his money, she falsely accused him of the atrocity.

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According to the PTI report, the judge said, “After sifting and weighing the evidence for the limited purpose of finding out whether or not a prima facie case is made out against the accused, I am of the opinion that the materials placed before the court do not disclose grave suspicion against the accused for framing a charge against him for committing the offences…Accordingly, accused in the present case is discharged.”

-prepared by Shivam Thaker of NewsGram with PTI inputs. Twitter: @Shivam_Thaker.

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Uber Receives 3,045 Cases of Sexual Assault in U.S. in Year 2018

"We are partnering with RAINN, the nation's largest sexual violence organisation, to design and implement this programme," Uber added

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Ride-hailing giant Uber has released its first safety review which contains thousands of sexual assault reports. The company has also revealed the changes it was making to make rides safer for its passengers and drivers.

The two-year safety review contains almost 2,936 reports pertaining to sexual assault that Uber received in 2017 and 3,045 it received in 2018.

Notably, the cab aggregator categorises sexual assaults into five subcategories, which are non-consensual kissing of a non-sexual body part, non-consenual touching of a sexual body part, attempted non-consensual sexual penetration, non-consensual kissing of a sexual body part and non-consensual sexual penetration.

In the last sub category, which is rape, the cab hailing major received 229 reports of rape in 2017 and 235 reports of rape in 2018. Throughout 2017 and 2018, the reported incidents occurred on 0.00002% of trips, according to the company.

“Confronting sexual violence requires honesty, and it’s only by shining a light on these issues that we can begin to provide clarity on something that touches every corner of society,” Tony West, Uber’s Chief Legal Officer, said in the review.

“And, most importantly, by bringing hard data to bear, we can make every trip safer for drivers and riders alike.”

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The ride hailing major long been under fire for its safety practices.

In its response to making rides safer for its passengers, Uber mentioned developments like its “in-app safety button”.

“We’re rolling out new features that allow riders to verify their driver with a secure PIN code, send a text message directly to 911 operators, and report safety incidents to Uber even before their trip is over,” the company said.

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In 2020, the cab aggregator will expand sexual misconduct and assault education to all the US drivers.

“We are partnering with RAINN, the nation’s largest sexual violence organisation, to design and implement this programme,” Uber added. (IANS)