Vijay Vaidh vs State on 6 June, 2017

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* IN THE HIGH COURT OF DELHI AT NEW DELHI

DECIDED ON : JUNE 06, 2017

+ CRL.A. 932/2016

VIJAY VAIDH ….. Appellant

Through : Ms.Rakhi Dubey, Advocate.

versus

STATE …. Respondent

Through : Ms.Meenakshi Dahiya, APP.

CORAM:
HON’BLE MR. JUSTICE S.P.GARG

S.P.GARG, J. (ORAL)

1. Challenge in this appeal is a judgment dated 18.04.2016 of
learned Additional Sessions Judge in Sessions Case No.199/2014 arising out
of FIR No.524/2014 registered at Police Station Kotla Mubarak Pur,
whereby the appellant was held guilty for committing offences punishable
under Sections 376/307 IPC. By an order dated 30.04.2016, he was
sentenced to undergo Rigorous Imprisonment for ten years with fine
`15,000/- under Section 376 IPC and Rigorous Imprisonment for seven
years with fine `10,000/- under Section 307 IPC. Both the sentences were
to operate concurrently.

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2. Briefly stated the prosecution case as reflected in the charge-
sheet was that on 24.06.2014 at abour 10.15 a.m. at the first floor of House
No.A-13/14, Amrit Nagar, South Extension Part-I, New Delhi, the appellant
committed rape upon the prosecutrix ‘X’ (changed name) and also attempted
to commit her murder. The incident was conveyed to the police promptly
and DD No.21A (Ex.PW-3/1) came to be recorded at Police Station Kotla
Mubarak Pur, at 11.00 a.m. The investigation was assigned to SI Ram
Saran. The complainant lodged the complaint (Ex.PW-6/A). The
investigating officer lodged the FIR. ‘X’ was medically examined; she
recorded her 164 Cr.P.C. statement. The appellant was arrested and
medically examined. Exhibits collected during investigation were sent to
FSL for examination. Statements of witnesses conversant with the facts
were recorded. Upon completion of investigation, a charge-sheet was filed
against the appellant for commission of offences punishable under Sections
376/307 IPC. In order to establish its case, the prosecution examined twelve
witnesses. In 313 Cr.P.C. statement the appellant denied his involvement in
the crime and pleaded false implication. The trial resulted in his conviction,
as aforesaid. Being aggrieved and dissatisfied, the instant appeal has been
filed.

3. I have heard the learned counsel for the parties and have
examined the file.

4. Appellant’s counsel, on instructions, informed that the appellant
has opted to give up challenge to the findings recorded under Sections
376/307 IPC by the Trial Court. She prayed to take lenient view and to
modify the sentence order as the appellant has undergone substantial period
of substantive sentence. He is not a previous convict and has a family to

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support. He has a marriageable daughter for whom he has to search a
groom. Injuries on the victim’s body were not fatal.

5. Since the appellant has given up challenge to the findings
recorded under Sections 376/307 IPC, the conviction is affirmed. Besides
this, there is overwhelming evidence to establish that the appellant not only
committed rape upon the prosecutrix but also attempted to kill her. The FIR
was lodged without any delay. The incident took place at around 10.15 a.m.
The police came into motion when DD No.21A (Ex.PW3/1) came to be
registered at 11.00 a.m. In her complaint (Ex.PW6/A), the complainant gave
graphic detail as to how and in what manner, the appellant had attempted to
kill her. When he failed to do so, he committed rape upon her. She was
medically examined by MLC (Ex.PW-6/B). PW-8 (Dr.Preeti Bala Patel)
noted various injuries on her body detailed as under:

(a) Nail marks on right and left cheek.
(b) Nasal bridge bruises redness.
(c) Nail marks on right arm.
(d) Bruises of 2 X 3 cm on right thigh (lateral aspect)
(e) Bruises and redness 2 X 3 cm below mandible angle left side.
(f) Abrasion over right shoulder posterior.

6. The prosecutrix in her comprehensive statement before the
court implicated the appellant and assigned a specific and definite role to
him in the incident. She gave vivid detail of the incident as to how and in
what manner she was put to fear and was criminally intimidated. Despite
resistance offered by the prosecutrix, the appellant not only attempted to kill
her but also ravished her. Her statement has been corroborated by PW-2
(Priya Sangwan), her maid who happened to reach as usual around 11.00

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a.m. She found the appellant in the victim’s room at the relevant time.
Various exhibits were collected during investigation. FSL report and DNA
report connect the appellant with the crime. The prosecutrix had no
previous animosity or ill-will against the appellant to falsely implicate him
in the serious case of sexual assault. The conviction based upon fair
appreciation of entire evidence deserves no intervention.

7. The sentence order is based upon fair reasoning and no sound
reasons exist to modify it. The appellant was acquainted with the
prosecutrix. He was previously working as a driver with the victim’s father-
in-law and was subsequently removed from the job. The appellant, was
however, on visiting terms with the prosecutrix and she used to address him
‘bhaiya’. She had even assisted him to provide a job and impart tuitions to
his children. The appellant gained entry inside the house on the unfortunate
day on the pretext to have water. Unsuspectingly, the victim permitted him
to come inside the house. The appellant was under the influence of liquor.
Once he went to the first floor where the victim was alone, taking advantage
of it, he executed his nefarious plan. He not only put the innocent lady to
fear but attempted to strangulate her; he throttled her neck with a
pillow/mobile charger and also attempted to kill her. When he did not
succeed in his attempt due to resistance given by the victim, he committed
rape upon her. She begged mercy but it had no impact upon him. Timely
arrival of the maid prevented more harm. The appellant on his own went
after taking 100 rupees from the prosecutrix on the arrival of the maid. The
appellant had betrayed the trust of the victim. The appellant exhibited
animal instinct at the time of commission of the crime. ‘X’ was in a state of
shock. Even at the time of her deposition before the court, she continued to

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weep throughout. She was defiled for no fault of hers. The appellant had
pre-planned to commit the crime. In the early hours of morning he had
consumed liquor. He was well-aware that the prosecutrix was alone at her
residence. During the crime. he claimed that it was due to revenge against
her father-in-law. Possibility of the appellant to be doing the horrible crime
at someone’s behest cannot be ruled out. The court can well understand the
trauma of an educated victim (post-graduate) when she had to suffer sexual
assault at the hands of the individual who worked as a driver of her father-
in-law.

8. It is the duty of every court to award proper sentence having
regard to the nature of the offence and the manner in which it was
committed. Undue sympathy to impose inadequate sentence would do more
harm to the justice system to undermine the public confidence in the efficacy
of law and society could no longer endure under such serious threats.

9. The Trial Court in the sentence order has noted sufficient
reasons to award the penalty which are reproduced as under:

“The convict in this case has committed the vile act of rape
upon the prosecutrix. He also attempted to kill her. It is
true that the convict is aged about 45 years and has a family
to support but on the other hand we must see the plight of
the prosecutrix, who was subjected to rape, which is
universally considered to be amongst the most morally and
physically, reprehensible crime in society and assault on the
body, mind, privacy and the entire fabric of the victim. Her
dignity is shredded. The social stigma attached to this crime
is such that many a times, a crime would go unreported by
the victim.”

10. No different view needs to be taken. The appeal lacks in merits
and is dismissed.

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11. Trial Court record (if any) be sent back forthwith along with the
copy of the order. Copy of this order be sent to the concerned Jail
Superintendent for information.

(S.P.GARG)
JUDGE
JUNE 06, 2017
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