news Tuesday, June 23, 2015 - 05:30
  Invoking the name of Islam, Hinduism and Christianity, a judge of the Madras High Court has allowed a man found guilty of raping a minor to ‘settle' the matter by mediation. V Mohan was found guilty of rape of a minor in 2012 by a mahila court in Cuddalore, the rape survivor had later given birth to a child. Mohan later approached the Madras High Court with an appeal against his conviction. A judgment by Justice P Devadass has asked the mediation centre at the Madras High Court to assist lawyers of the victim and the man convicted and in case of a compromise, make a ‘Memorandum of Understanding.’  "Women are the soft targets of male lust. For anything and everything, they are being blamed. Very often, they are being forgotten that they too are humanbeings," says the order. The judge later goes on to say that, "As an alternative to the time consuming, cumbersome, expensive conventional court system, a new dispute resolving mechanism has been adopted by Indian Legal System. It is Alternative Dispute Resolution method (A.D.R.)." "In fact, even in Islam, Hinduism and Christianity, there are instances of solving the disputes in a non-belligerent manner. The result of it is very good because there is 'no victor, no vanquished'. Thus, 'Trinity' propagates humanity." The judge also granted bail to the rapist saying that, "He should be enabled to participate in the deliberations as a freeman and vent his feelings, open his mind and moorings. 'Where there is a will, there is a way'. He also referred to a similar case that he had referred for mediation. The case relates to a man raping a minor girl and was nearing a ‘happy conclusion ‘, judge said. 
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