The Himachal Pradesh High Court has dismissed the regular bail application filed by a man accused of raping a minor girl of 15 years, who was allegedly raped by six other men including the petitioner.
A single-judge bench of Justice Anoop Chitkara said, “On merits, given the allegations levelled by a child aged 15 years alleging rape by as many as seven young males including the petitioner is not a case for bail.”
During the hearing, the Counsel appearing for the petitioner submitted that he wants to draw attention of this Court to certain evidence. The Court said, the perusal of the petition reveals that no such evidence is annexed with it. Therefore, in case the petitioner wants to refer to any evidence, then he may annex the same and cannot argue it in the present bail petition.
The Court noted in its order that the status report reveals the age of victim as 15 years. The investigation also reveals that seven boys on various occasions committed sexual intercourse with her. The petitioner is one of those persons. It is not a case, where the minor girl out of romantic love had consented to have coitus with her boyfriend and voluntarily slept with him.