Having sex with a false promise of marriage should be a crime of rape – Allahabad High Court

Allahabad High Court has given an important verdict in the rape case. The court has said that having sex with a false promise of marriage should be an offense of rape in law. A single bench of Justice Pradeep Kumar Srivastava said, “Women are objects of pleasure, this mentality of male domination has to be dealt with strictly so that women get a sense of security.”

The court said that it is necessary to achieve the constitutional goal of removing gender inequality. The Allahabad High Court said in the remarks, it has become a trend nowadays, criminals indulge in sexual relations with the lure of marriage with the intention of cheating. Marriage is a big promotion among the majority female population of the country. Women easily fall prey to these circumstances which lead to their sexual harassment.

Instructions to the legislature

Expressing concern over such increasing cases of sexual harassment of women, the court said that the offender thinks that he will be saved by taking advantage of the law. The court also gave clear instructions to the legislature and said, to prepare a clear and special legal framework to deal with such cases, where the criminals enter into a relationship by making a false promise of marriage.

The court, while dismissing the criminal appeal of Harshvardhan Yadav of Kanpur, said, the victim and the accused knew each other beforehand. The accused promised marriage and continued to promise and talk about marriage. When the victim was going to Kanpur by train, the accused expressed his desire to meet her. Asking her to prepare the court marriage papers, he called her to the hotel. When the victim reached the hotel, he had sex. This was the first and last sexual relationship between the two. Soon after having a relationship, the accused refused to marry and also abused the victim in caste terms.

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