Leniency in matters involving sexual offences is not only undesirable, but is also against public interest-J&K High Court
Pronouncing order on rejection of bail to POCSO accused Sunil who has been in jail since June 2021 for raping a 10-year-old girl, Justice Mohan Lal, noted “Rape is the most hated crime in the society which leaves a scar upon the most cherished personality of a victim, and, therefore, no self-respecting woman would normally concoct a story of rape”.
Further asserting that showing leniency in such matters would be really a case of misplaced sympathy, Justice Lal said “The act of accused is not only shocking, but outrageous in contours. Granting of bail to him would lead to the danger of the course of justice being thwarted”.
Such an act leaves an indelible scar on the victim’s dignity, chastity, honour and reputation in society, and granting the accused bail would shake the confidence of the people at large, the judge opined.
Rejecting the claim of accused he was falsely implicated by the family of the victim, the Court said that rape leaves a permanent scar on the most cherished possession of a woman and has a serious psychological impact on the victim and her family.