news Wednesday, July 01, 2015 - 05:30
The Supreme Court has held that there can be no compromise in a rape case and said that asking a convicted rapist to mediate and settle with a rape survivor is illegal. The SC has called the order by a lower court in Madhya Pradesh as a spectacular error, and said that rapist-survivor mediation is illegal. The apex court has also said that any such attempt is a compromise on a woman's modesty. An order in the similar vein was recently debated across the country. The Madras High Court had asked a rapist and survivor to mediate and settle a case. In 2012, a Cuddalore Mahila court found V Mohan guilty of raping *Manju when she was a minor. In 2009, she had given birth to a girl child.¬†Mohan later approached the Madras High Court with an appeal against his conviction. It was in connection with this petition that on June 18,¬†Justice P Devadass asked the mediation centre attached to the Madras High Court to assist lawyers of the rape survivor and the convict, and in case of a compromise, draw up a ‚ÄúMemorandum of Understanding‚ÄĚ.¬† ¬† The survivor had told The News Minute that she had no wish to compromise. The rapist is now out on bail.¬† ¬† "He put drugs in my cool drink and raped me. When I became pregnant, he threatened me, told me to have an abortion. Why should I marry that man?‚ÄĚ asks 22-year-old Manju*. Read full interview with Manju here.¬†
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