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‘Delay in filing rape complaint must not mitigate conviction’

in INDIA, 28/01/2013

Holding a man guilty of raping a 15-year-old friend of his daughter, a fast track court has said delay by victim in lodging complaint of sexual violence should not be a mitigating factor for conviction of accused as it is agonising for victims to confide in such cases.

“Sexual assault destroys the entire psychology of a woman and pushes her into deep emotional crisis. We cannot expect the victim of a sexual assault to cry in the middle of the road that she has been raped or to visit the police station alone for the lodging of the complaint in this regard, when she has nobody to trust around her,” said the judge of the fast track court set up here in the aftermath of December 16 gang rape case. Read the full story

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