New Delhi: The debate has started on the condition laid by the apex court while hearing an appeal by a government employee seeking protection from arrest in a rape case. The Supreme Court told the accused that he would agree to marry the victim only then he would get bail or else would have to stay in jail. Mohit Subhash Chavan's bail plea was being heard in the Supreme Court. Mohit, a technician at Maharashtra State Electric Production Company, is accused of raping a schoolgirl and is booked under serious sections of the Protection of Child Sexual Offenses Act (POCSO).
CJI SA Bobde told the petitioner's lawyer that, "If you want to get married, we can help. If not, the job will go and you will have to go to jail. You lured the girl and raped her." The accused's lawyer had argued that his client's job could go. When the girl reached the police to file a complaint, the mother of the accused proposed marriage. However, it was turned down by the victim. Then an agreement was reached that if the girl turns 18, she will get married. When the victim turned 18, the accused refused to marry. After this, the victim lodged a rape case.
CJI, giving another chance, asked the accused, "Will you marry her?" The lawyer for the accused said, "We will negotiate and tell the court." The CJI also said that the accused should lure the girl And should have thought before committing the misdeeds. He knew that he was a government employee. The CJI said, "We are not pressuring you for marriage. Tell us whether you want it or not. Otherwise, you will say that we are pressurizing her to marry him.''