Man accused of raping his cousin, who later became wife

New Delhi, Jun 24: Though there is no such provision in the Indian law for charging a man with the rape of his wife, the court convicted a man accused on the charges of rape, cruelty and harassment against his wife. He was convicted as the relation between the accused and the victim was that of cousins at first and he had raped her even before marriage when she was a minor.

The accused, Inderpreet Singh had committed rape on his first cousin(now wife) when she was a minor below the age of 15-years making it "incestuous". The victim was compelled to marry her cousin in Mar 2008 after she became pregnant. The man was sentenced by the court for a seven-year jail term.

Additional Sessions Judge Kamini Lau said, "This is not a case where the accused has been accused of raping of his own wife for over 12 years but a case where he had been accused of raping his first cousin when she was a minor below the age of 15 years and was compelled to marry the accused on account of long term physical relations which he had made with the prosecutrix."

The accused initially tried to defend himself by raising objections that their marriage was void as per the Hindu Law, hence he cannot be convicted under Section 498A (cruelty and harassment against a woman by her husband or any member of matrimonial home). On this regards, the court declared that, "a petition has been moved for declaring the marriage between the accused and the victim as nullity which is pending before the competent court but that in itself will not mitigate the offence committed by the accused. The marriage between the prosecutrix and the accused being void is yet to be declared nullity by the competent court of law, the provisions of Section 498-A Indian Penal Code would hereby apply."

The court accused the man of sexually abusing a minor. The wife, earlier a minor girl was being raped rigorously over 12 years by this beastly man. hence, He was also imposed with a fine of Rs 1.05 lakh, stipulating that the amount should be given to the victim.

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