Live-in partner falsely accused of RAPE, Granted bail by High Court
The High Court of Karnataka has granted bail to a 27-year-old sous-chef working for a star hotel in the city who is accused of raping and cheating his ex-colleague.
Anup, who had to spend 21 days in jail after his arrest, was granted bail on February 23 on the basis of the hotel’s electronic attendance log which showed that he was on duty at the time when he was accused of having raped 25-year-old Roopika (both names changed to protect identity).
In her complaint filed at Jalahalli police station last month, Roopika stated that she first met Anup six years ago when both of them were working at Hotel Lalit Ashok. After Roopika left the job, the duo came in contact with each other on Facebook in September last year. Meanwhile, Anup joined MoveNPick Hotel and both of them continued to be in touch with each other through SMS, Facebook and Google Talk.
Roopika alleged that Anup proposed to her and she accepted. They met a few times and Anup asked her to join him to celebrate his birthday at his home on October 19, 2011. She met him between 3 pm and 4 pm and he forced her to have sex with him, she stated in the complaint.
They continued to chat about sex and he told her that he wanted to have sex with her without protection. Though she refused, Anup forced her to have sex with him on several occasions till January 25, 2012, promising to marry her. After that, Anup told her that he was using her only to satisfy his physical needs and had no intention of marrying her, Roopika alleged.
A case of rape and cheating was filed against Anup and he was arrested on February 1, 2012. He was sent to judicial custody after a fast track sessions court rejected his bail application.
While the hotel’s attendance records show that Anup was at work at the time when he was accused of raping Roopika at his home, there were also allegations that the two were live-in partners for some time.
Anup’s advocate RLN Murthy said, “There is misuse of old provisions of law these days. Society has changed a lot and we live in what can be termed e-society. However, men continue to be made victims of old laws which were instituted to protect women.”