Recent news of chief justice of India Mr Balakrishnan supporting choice of rape victim to marry the accused has shocked several among public.
“Due regard must be given to their personal autonomy since in some cases the victim may choose to marry the perpetrator or choose to give birth to a child conceived through forced intercourse,” Balakrishnan said.
This kind of social engineering through judicial discretion is deplorable. It seems a possible reason for such views is that even Supreme Court is unable to find with any confidence the truth in rape allegations, what given the fact that a woman can always accuse later that she did not consent; or she was promised marriage etc; and that compounded with shoddy investigation by police it becomes almost impossible to find out the truth in such cases. It seems more a way by judiciary to wash off hands in difficult cases. Read about other false cases of rape below:
The choice of someone to allege the crime of rape and then be able to change their mind should not be allowed. Any rape allegation should proceed to its end with either acquittal or conviction of accused, or prosecution of alleged victim in case accusation was found to be patently false.