Bandipora: An employee of a Jammu and Kashmir Bank, accused of raping, filming and blackmailing a woman, was acquitted by trial court in Bandipora on Saturday.
The Principal and Secessions Judge, Sanjeev Kumar Bhagat, in his 61 page Judgement acquitted the accused in the case that was decided in a record period of eight months from the date of presentation of charge sheet.
On 21st October in 2016, a complaint was lodged by a woman (name withheld), with senior superintendent of police, Bandipora. The complainant alleged that she was raped, filmed, and later blackmailed by the Imtiyaz Ahmad Rather, a J&K Bank employee in Bandipora.
Police later registered an FIR (No 32/2016) in Police Station Aragam and invoked sections 376, 406, 509 and 201 of the Ranbir Penal Code (RPC). The prosecution sighted five ‘victims’ to prove their charge. The allegations levelled against the accused were that he raped the woman and took her photographs and video clips without her knowledge. The ‘victim’ also alleged blackmail, the charge sheet said.
Public prosecutor Shafiq Ahmad Bhat had prayed for the conviction of the accused. However, council for the defence, Shuaib Ahmad Deewani, had prayed for the acquittal of the accused.
The court after hearing the arguments of prosecution and defence opined that “the evidence provided by the prosecution was found worthless, non-corroborative, and full of contradictions and rather the victim has established against her own self all these acts and the sexual intercourse was committed with her consent and in her bedroom. She had never raised any alarm or any hue and cry”.