Mumbai, May 29: A local court today acquitted a man of charges of raping his mother in 2006 after the victim turned hostile.
Kishan Gholap, 35, was accused of twice raping his 55-year-old mother at Matunga in southcentral part of the city in 2006.
Passing the order here today, Additional Court Judge K T Mahajan said Gholap was acquitted from all charges following the rosecution's failure to prove the charges levelled against him and after the victim retracted her statement.
Defence advocate R V Kalage said the victim had lost her husband around six years prior to the incident. She was staying with Gholap and his three-year-old son. Gholap's wife and their another son were staying with his in-laws due to a quarrel between the couple.
On November 12, 2006, Gholap drank alcohol at home and allegedly raped her twice in the presence of his son.
The next day, the victim had lodged a physical assault complaint against her son with the Shahu Nagar police station, Mr Kalage informed.
Police had sent her for medical examination at Sion hospital where the victim's daughter came to visit. The victim then explained the incident to her and asked her to inform the police, following which the complaint was registered and the accused was arrested, he said.
During the trial, the victim had turned hostile about her statement recorded by the police at the time of the case's registration, Mr Kalage said.