In an important ruling, the Bombay High Court has upheld that just because a victim is reluctant to report rape does not mean that she is lying.
The court upheld the conviction of the four men for gang-rape while hearing the case.
The convicted had approached the Bombay High Court against Sessions court order sentencing them to ten yrs in prison for gang rape.
The convicted were identified as Dattatraya Korde, Ganesh Pardeshi, Pintu Khoskar and Ganesh Zole.
The case is of gang-raping a woman and thrashing her male friend on March 15, 2012 when the two were returning from Trimbakeshwar in Nashik district.
The convicted argued that the incident took place on March 15 but the victim lodged the complaint two days later.
It also turned out that the medical examination had ruled out a rape since there was no injury on the woman’s body.
The high court also upheld the conviction citing a Supreme Court’s observation that “rarely will a girl or woman in India make false allegations of sexual assault”.>