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Shiv Kumar Yadav vs The State Of Nct Of Delhi on 10 September, 2018

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* IN THE HIGH COURT OF DELHI AT NEW DELHI
+ CRL.A. 471/2016

SHIV KUMAR YADAV ….. Appellant
Through: Mr. Raman Yadav with
Ms. Varnita Rastogi,
Advocates.

versus

THE STATE OF NCT OF DELHI ….. Respondent
Through: Mr. Kewal Singh Ahuja,
APP.
CORAM:
JUSTICE S. MURALIDHAR
JUSTICE VINOD GOEL

JUDGMENT
% 10.09.2018
Dr. S. Muralidhar, J.:

1. This appeal is directed against the judgment dated 20th October 2015
passed by the learned Additional Sessions Judge, Special FTC-02
(Central) in Sessions Case No.02/2015 arising out of FIR No.1291/2014
registered at PS Sarai Rohilla convicting the Appellant for the offences
under Sections 323/366/376(2)(m)/506 IPC.

2. The appeal is also directed against the order on sentence dated
3rd November 2015 whereby by the trial Court sentenced the Appellant as
under:

(i) For the offence punishable under Section 376 (2) (m) IPC, to
Rigorous Imprisonment („RI‟) for life, which shall mean
imprisonment for the remainder of the convict‟s natural life, and
fine of Rs.10,000/-, in default whereof, he shall undergo Simple
Imprisonment („SI‟) for 2 years.

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(ii) For offence punishable under Section 366 IPC, to RI for 10 years,
and fine of Rs.5000/-, in default whereof, he shall undergo SI for 2
years.

(iii) For offence punishable under Section 506 IPC, to RI for 7 years
and fine of Rs.5000/-, in default whereof, he shall undergo SI for 2
months.

(iv) For offence punishable under Section 323 IPC, to RI for 1 year,
and fine of Rs. 1000/-, in default whereof, he shall undergo SI for 1
month.

(v) The sentences were directed to run concurrently.

3. The trial Court also recommended payment of compensation to the
victim in terms of the Victim Compensation Scheme under Section 357A
Cr PC and referred the matter to the District Legal Services Authority
(Central District) („DLSA‟). The DLSA was also asked to consider
making provision for the care and maintenance of the aged parents, wife
and children of the convict.

Background

4. The background to the appeal is that the victim (PW-2) who was aged
around 25 years at the relevant time was working in a finance company
in Gurgaon, Haryana for nearly three years. She would commute to and
from her work in a cab arranged for by the company.

5. On 5th December 2014, PW-2 left her office at around 7 pm. She went
to a restaurant in Gurgaon for dinner with her friends. She left the
restaurant at 9:30 pm along with her friend (PW-23). After reaching
Vasant Vihar, PW-23 booked a cab for her at around 10:15 pm using the
Uber application on his mobile phone.

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6. After around half an hour, a white coloured Maruti Suzuki Swift Dzire
cab having registration number DL-1YD 7910 reached near the 24×7
outlet near Priya Cinema at Vasant Vihar. The mobile number of the cab
driver ended in „8777‟. It was around 11 pm when PW-2 sat in the rear
seat of the cab. After a while, during the commute, she fell asleep.

7. When PW-2 awoke, she realised that the cab was parked at an isolated
spot. The cab driver, correctly identified by PW-2 in the trial as the
Appellant, was in the rear seat and upon her and was doing “cherkhani”
with her. According to PW-2, she tried to push him away and also tried to
open the door of the vehicle. However, the doors were locked and she
could not open them despite her best efforts. When she raised an alarm,
the Appellant slapped her 3-4 times and then pressed her neck forcefully
stating, “Agar mujhe nahi karne degi to saria ghusa dunga”.

8. PW-2 got very scared on hearing the threat as she was reminded of the
horrific gang rape that took place in Delhi on the night of
16th December 2012 that shocked the nation. PW-2 stated that the
Appellant beat her, bit her lower lip, and scratched her neck, breast,
shoulder, and back. She then states that the Appellant “lowered my jeans
and my underwear. He also lifted my top and my brassiere. Accused
overpowered me. Accused committed sexual intercourse with me and
also tried to do unnatural sex, i.e. anal sex, with me”.

9. Whilst PW-2 was asleep, the Appellant had taken away her mobile
phone. After committing the rape, he made a missed call to his own
mobile phone from hers. PW-2 then pleaded with the Appellant to let her
go. She assured him that she would not reveal the incident to anyone. The
Appellant then started driving the cab, and on the way, they crossed

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Inderlok metro station which made PW-2 realise that the Appellant had
taken her to an isolated spot which was much farther than her house.

10. On the way back home, PW-2 sent a text message to her fiancé
stating, “I was raped”. However, the said text message was inadvertently
sent to the mobile number of the Appellant as his number was the last
dialled from her phone. The Appellant then stopped the cab near her
house. According to PW-2, she got down from the cab and immediately
clicked two photographs of the cab‟s number plate from her mobile
phone. She then called „100‟ from her mobile phone.

Information to the PCR

11. The Police Control Room (PCR) Information sheet (Ex.PW-16/A)
shows that the call was made at 1:11 am on 6th December 2014. The
caller‟s name was registered as the fiancé of PW-2. It is obvious that it is
PW-2 who called the PCR because the information noted was: “Caller
Kah Rahi Hai Ki Car No. DL-1Y D 7910 Wale Ne Mere Sath Rape Kiya
Hai Ab Main Ghar Par Hun”. The police, after reaching her house, noted
in the PCR form at 2:18 am:

“Mauka mil gaya hai yaha par ladki D/o, Aged 26
years, R/o above Ne Bataya Mein Gurgaon Mein __
Company Mein Analyst Ka Kaam Karti Hu Raat Ko 9.30 pm
Par Cab Gaadi No. DL1Y D 7910 Mein Ghar Jaane Ke Liye
Baithi Thi Gaadi Mein Driver Or Mein Akeli Thi. Thodi Door
Jaane Ke Baad Mein So Gayi Thi Jab Meri Neend Khuli To
Ek Sunsaan Jagah Par Gaadi Khadi Thi Place Mere Ko Pata
Nahin Hai. Above Gaadi Ka Driver Mere Saath Rape Karne
Ki Koshish Kar Raha Tha. Meine Uske Saath Hathapai Bhi
Kiya Usne Mere Ko Jaan Se Maarne Ki Dhamkji Diya Or
Mere Saath Rape Kiya—– Call Se 10 Minutes Pehle Mein
Apna Ghar Pahunchi Hai Or PCR Ko Call Kiya Hai— Ladki
Ke Hoth Par Teeth Se Kaatne Ki Injury Bhi Hai–Ladki Ne
Bataya Above Gaadi Ka Driver Ka Number Jo Usko
Company Wale Ne Diya Tha Ghar Jaane Ke Liye Hire Karne
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Ke Liye Jiska Number __8777 Hai—Baaki Driver Ladki
Jaanti Nahin Hai—-SHO Sarai Rohilla Chowki Incharge
with Staff Mauke Par Hai. HC Bal Hussain Number 517/N
Also Mauke Par — (C/Room Informed) 6.12.2014.”

12. Thereafter, the noting made at 2:41 am read:

“2.41: 07 (Above Ladki Ne Bataya Driver Ko Woh Janti
Nahin Hai Or Gaadi Ki Back Seat Par Baithi Thi Or Gaadi
Mein Hi Back Seat Par Uske Saath Driver Ne Rape Kiya.”

13. Woman SI Alma Minj (PW-22) was on emergency duty at PS Sarai
Rohilla on the intervening night of 5th-6th December 2014. She received
DD No.2PP Inder Lok (Ex.PW-21/A) at 1:30 am on 6th December 2014.
Accompanied by Ct. Tej Pal and Lady Ct. Indu, PW-22 reached the
house of PW-2. There, PW-22 met PW-2 and her mother. The statement
of PW-2 (Ex.PW-2/A) was recorded. PW-2 was taken to Hindu Rao
Hospital („HRH‟) for medical examination by PW-22.

Medical examination of PW-2

14. The MLC of PW-2 (Mark „X‟) prepared at HRH in the hand writing
of Dr. Neelam Saraswat (PW-12) shows that upon local examination,
PW-12 found swelling on the lower lip of PW-2 along with a linear cut
mark. There were scratch marks on both the breasts, as well as scratches
on the right and left side of the back. These injuries were fresh.
According to PW-12, she collected all the clothes of PW-2 including her
undergarments and “all samples including nail clippings, swab from in
between the fingers, swab from both the breasts, oral swab, anal swab,
pubic hair combing, pubic hair clipping, cervical swab, vaginal swab,
washing from vagina, blood culture, urine sample etc. as per sexual
assault kit”. The clothes were converted into parcels and affixed with the
hospital seal. The Sexual Assault Kit was also sealed with the seal of the

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hospital. The time when PW-2 was brought to the hospital was noted as
3:25 am on 6th December 2014.

15. In the MLC, it was noted that there was no visible sign of injury and
no bleeding and that “hymen appears to be intact”. It was also noted that
the “patient smelt of alcohol but conscious and oriented”. PW-2 was
taken back to PW-12 for a second opinion at 7:30 pm on the same day.
This time, PW-12 noted that there was a scratch mark present over her
neck, the hymen was intact with “redness present over the introitus”.

16. While deposing in the trial, PW-12 stated in her cross-examination as
under:

“I have not given any opinion in the MLC Ex. PW-3/A as to
whether victim was raped or not. I have not mentioned the
time of completion of medical examination of victim. After
examining the patient and upon considering the observations
made by me in the MLC, I can say that the patient was raped.
I have not mentioned any reason/opinion in the MLC
prepared by me. It is wrong to suggest that I prepared the
MLC only as per alleged history given by patient. [Vol. I
recorded my observations after due examination of the
patient.]”

17. After returning from HRH after the first examination of the victim at
3:25 am, PW-22 prepared the rukka for registration of FIR for the
offences under Sections 376/506/323 IPC. The rukka (Ex.PW-22/A) was
handed over to Ct. Tej Pal at 5:30 am for getting the FIR registered.
Ct. Tej Pal returned with the FIR (Ex.PW-1/A), after which the
particulars of the clothes and other case property were written on the
seizure memo which was handed over to PW-22 by PW-12. PW-22 then
deposited the case property with MHC(M), HC Veer Sain (PW-9).

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Statement under Section 164 Cr PC

18. An application was filed by PW-22 in the Court of the learned
Metropolitan Magistrate („MM‟) for recording the statement of PW-2
under Section 164 Cr PC. The MM adjourned the proceedings to
8th December 2014. PW-2 was counselled by an NGO counsellor.

19. PW-2‟s statement under Section 164 Cr PC was recorded by the
learned MM on 8th December 2014. Therein, she stated that she was 25
years old and was working in a company in Gurgaon. On
5th December 2014, she and her friends went for dinner to a restaurant in
Gurgaon after office hours. At around 9:30 pm, she left there with her
friend (PW-23) in his car and came up to Priya Cinema in Vasant Vihar.
PW-23 used the Uber application on his mobile to book a cab for her.
The cab was booked at around 10:15 pm and arrived at around 10:50 pm.
She sat in the rear seat and told the driver where he should take her. She
fell asleep thereafter and when she awoke, she found that the cab had
stopped at an isolated area and the driver had come to the rear seat and
lay on top of her. He then beat her 3-4 times and when she screamed, he
threatened to kill her and very forcefully pressed her neck and asked her
to keep quiet saying that otherwise, he would insert a “saria” into her. He
slapped her face several times. She then described the rape committed on
her in the following terms:

“His male private part was inserted into my private parts to a
certain extent. I was feeling a lot of pain and I was screaming
but he had overpowered me. During this scuffle, I received
scratch marks on my breast, arms and back.”

20. She further mentioned that she tried to open the doors of the car but
they were locked. She mentioned that the Appellant bit her lip very hard,
as a result of which, she had started bleeding from there. She also
mentioned that once the accused had committed the rape, he gave a
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missed call on his mobile phone using hers, which he had already
snatched beforehand. She then pleaded with him to drop her home and
asked him to let her go as she would not tell anyone about the incident.
She mentioned that at the time, she thought that he had taken her number
only to threaten her in the future.

21. PW-2 also mentioned that she intended to send a text message to her
fiancé informing him that she had been raped but it inadvertently got sent
to the Appellant instead and he even asked her about the same. She also
mentioned about getting off the vehicle at her house and taking pictures
of the number plate of the vehicle. She gave a brief description of the
Appellant and of the car and that she would be able to identify him if he
was produced before her. PW-2 stated that when she used the TrueCaller
application, the number of the Appellant was shown to belong to one
Gaurav.

Investigation

22. On 6th December 2014, SI Sandeep (PW-14) of PS Sarai Rohilla was
deputed to search for the Swift Dzire vehicle involved as well as the
Appellant. PW-14 confirmed the address of the owner of the vehicle
through „Auto Match‟. The owner of the vehicle was revealed as the
Appellant with an address in Raju Park in Delhi. On reaching the said
address with Ct. Sant Ram, PW-14 came to know that the Appellant was
a permanent resident of Chander Puri, Mathura, Uttar Pradesh. He
discussed the above development with the Station House Officer (SHO)
and left immediately for Mathura.

23. SI Devender Pranav (PW-13) was part of the team constituted, which
consisted of ACP Devesh Mahla of PS Kotwali, Inspector Sunil Talwar
of PS Lahori Gate, Ct. Raj Pal, and himself. PW-14 as well as PW-13 and
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the other team of officers reached PS Mathura Highway and met the in-
charge, SI Surinder Singh (PW-24). PW-24 then sent a constable to
locate the house of the Appellant.

24. Secret information was received that the Appellant was hiding
somewhere near the Meera Magan Paradise Marriage Home in Mathura.
A raid was conducted at that place and the Appellant was apprehended.
Upon his personal search, two driving licences issued in his name (one
from Mathura, UP and the other from Delhi), the Registration Card
(„RC‟) of his vehicle, one key attached key ring with „Uber‟ written on it,
and one phone of Micromax make having two SIM cards apart from
other articles mentioned in the personal search memo were recovered.
The Appellant was then arrested. The arrest memo (Ex.PW-13/A) notes
that he was arrested at 6:45 pm on 7th December 2014.

25. Parked outside the Appellant‟s house in Mathura, was the Swift Dzire
vehicle. It was taken into possession as reflected in the seizure memo
(Ex.PW-14/A). The vehicle was locked from the outside. No attempt was
made to try to open the vehicle. At the request of PW-14, PW-24
provided a crane for towing the vehicle. The vehicle was brought to PS
Highway and parked there. PW-14 hired a vehicle for towing the Swift
Dzire and brought it to Delhi, where he parked it at the office of the
Operation Cell (North District).

26. The Appellant was handed over to PW-22 at around 10:30-11 pm at
PS Sarai Rohilla along with articles recovered from his person and the
arrest memo. Those were deposited in the malkhana of the PS. While the
Appellant was being interrogated, PW-22 received instructions from
senior officers that the further investigation of the case would be
undertaken by woman SI Renu (PW-27).

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27. PW-27 then took over the investigation, interrogated the accused, and
recorded his disclosure statement (Ex.PW-27/A). The Appellant was
taken to HRH for medical examination. His MLC (Ex.PW-4/A) was
prepared by Dr. Jitendra Nigotia (PW-4). Significantly, PW-4 found
multiple abrasions (scratches) on the face of the Appellant. His blood
collected on gauze and his clothes were converted into cloth parcels,
sealed with the seal of the hospital, and handed over to the police. These
were also deposited at the malkhana of the PS. This medical examination
took place at around 4 am on 8th December 2014. On 9th December 2014,
the Appellant took the police team to his house at Mathura and handed
over a mobile phone containing a Uninor SIM card.

28. Meanwhile, the Appellant took the police to the place of occurrence.
He was produced before the MM with a muffled face and a request was
made for conducting his Test Identification Parade („TIP‟). The
proceedings of the TIP (Ex.PW-27/G) reveal that the Appellant refused
to participate in the TIP. According to PW-27, after coming out of the
Court room, the Appellant removed the cloth from his face and
uncovered his face and in the meanwhile, PW-2 came there and identified
him as the person who had raped her.

29. A notice was served upon Eric Alexander (PW-28), a representative
of Uber Cab Services, India. He submitted his reply to the said notice. On
23rd December 2014, Sections 376 (2) (m) and 366 IPC were added to the
FIR on the basis of the evidence collected.

30. On 24th December 2014, a scaled site plan (Ex.PW-6/A) was prepared
by Inspector Mahesh Kumar (PW-6) and handed over to PW-27. The RC

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and driving licences of the Appellant were got verified from the
respective Transport Authorities in Mathura and Delhi.

Inspection of the cab

31. PW-27 sent a letter to the Central Forensic Science Laboratory
(CFSL), Lodhi Colony to inspect the vehicle. Four experts from the
CFSL, CBI Lodhi Colony, viz. Dr. B.K. Mahapatra (PW-26),
Dr. Harender Prasad (PW-19), Mr. A.H. Ganvir (PW-18) and Mr. U.S.
Thakur (PW-17) inspected the said car. PW-26 stated that the samples
lifted by them included a few strands of black hair, cuttings taken from
the rear side of the driver‟s seat, flaky material having reddish brown
stains lifted from the back seat cover, and the brake light of the vehicle.

32. PW-19 stated that five chance prints were developed during the
inspection of the car. PW-18 took photographs of the said chance prints.
The five chance prints taken from the car were numbered as Q1 to Q5.
The specimen finger prints later collected from PW-2 were numbered as
S1 to S5 and the specimen finger print of the Appellant numbered as S6.

33. It must be mentioned at this stage that, subsequently, a report was
given by PW-19 comparing the chance prints with the specimen finger
prints. The chance palm print Q1 was found to be identical to the left
palm print of PW-2.

34. The charge sheet was filed on 24th December 2014 and by an order
dated 13th January 2015, charges were framed as noted hereinbefore.

Trial

35. The prosecution examined 28 witnesses. When the incriminating
circumstances were put to him under Section 313 Cr PC, the Appellant

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denied some of them and admitted some. The circumstances not denied
by him were as under:

(i) That he is the registered owner of Swift Dzire bearing registration
DL 1Y D7910;

(ii) That he was operating the said car as a cab and as a driver partner
with Uber Services Private Limited.

(iii) PW-23 had booked the said cab by using the Uber application on
his mobile phone.

(iv) The Appellant reached Vasant Vihar in front of one 24×7 outlet at
the Indian Oil petrol pump. PW-2 sat in the rear seat and told him
that she had to go to the locality where she was residing.

36. What the Appellant denied was that PW-2 fell asleep while sitting in
the rear seat of his cab. According to him, she had started crying after
sitting in the car. He denied having done “cherkhani” with her and then
having forcibly confined her in the rear seat by lying on top of her and
committing rape. He also denied as incorrect that he gave a missed call
from the mobile of PW-2 to his own mobile number. He admitted as
correct that his mobile number ended „8777‟. When asked whether a text
message meant for PW-2‟s fiancé stating “I was raped” was accidentally
sent by her to his mobile number, the Appellant replied: “I cannot tell if I
had received any such message as I keep deleting the messages from my
phone”.

37. The Appellant admitted to having refused to participate in the TIP
and that he was unmuffled by Inspector Anil Dureja after coming out of
the Court of the learned MM. He also admitted as correct that his mobile
number ending „8777‟ was registered in the name of Gaurav Thakral
(PW-7) who had given his old Nokia phone along with an old SIM card

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to the Appellant as both of them were working in the same company and
that he had not returned the mobile phone to PW-7 till date.

38. Question no.38 and the answer thereto are significant:

“Q.38 It is in evidence against you that during trial, PW2 also
identified the clothes which were worn by you at the time of
incident, i.e. one black colour full pant, gents underwear and
full sleeve shirt Ex.PW2/PF to Ex.PW2/PH. What have you
to say?

Ans: It is a matter of record.”

39. The Appellant admitted as correct that his blood sample was taken by
the doctor. According to him, his clothes were not taken by the doctor on
8th December 2014 but only on 11th December 2014. He admitted as
correct that he was issued a driving license from Delhi which had been
seized.

40. The CDR of the mobile number ending „8777‟ (Ex.PW-8/A) for the
period 5th-7th December 2014 was admitted to by the Appellant as being
“a matter of record”. The customer application form („CAF‟) of the
mobile number ending „0362‟, which was ascribed to the fiancé of PW-2,
and the CDR of which was collected for the period 5th-6th December 2014
(Ex.PW-8/E) was also admitted to as being “a matter of record”.

41. The Appellant also did not dispute the entries in the malkhana
register regarding deposit of the case properties. He also did not deny that
his mobile phone along with the key of his car was taken by the police
officials from his house. He also stated as being a matter of record that
Ex.PW-11/A was the CAF pertaining to the mobile number in the name
of PW-23 and that Ex.PW-11/B was the CDR of that number from
5th-6th December 2014. He claims to have himself surrendered to the
police at PS Highway on 7th December 2014. He claimed not to know
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how the vehicle was brought to Delhi. According to him, he had been
acquitted in FIR No.521/2011 registered at PS Mehrauli under
Sections 376 and 506 IPC. The Appellant claimed that certain other FIRs
lodged against him were all false cases. He admitted as correct that he
had another driving licence issued in his name from the Mathura
Transport Authority.

42. When asked whether he had anything else to say, the Appellant
answered:

“I am innocent and have been falsely implicated in this case.
After sitting in the car, PW2 started crying after telling me
the destination i.e. Inderlok via Daula Kuan and Punjabi
Bagh. When I asked her as to why she is crying, she told me
that it is not my business to ask her. Thereafter, I kept quiet. I
overheard her talking to someone on her mobile phone. She
was saying that though she will marry her fiancée _, but
”__(PW-23) ne mere saath achhaa nahi kiya”. As there was
traffic jam at Punjabi Bagh, I took a detour and reached her
house through Rampura. I dropped her outside her house and
thereafter, I parked my car near Chhapan Bhiga Park as there
was probability of getting passengers from that place. After
sometime, I noticed that mobile phone of prosecutrix was
lying on the rear seat of the car. I received her call on her
mobile and she requested me to return her mobile and
accordingly I went to her house and handed back her mobile
to PW2. She asked me for my mobile number. I gave her my
mobile number and left. I did not commit rape upon PW2.
The case against me is false.”

43. No defence evidence was led by the Appellant.

Impugned judgment of the trial Court

44. In its impugned judgment dated 20th October 2015, the trial Court
came to the following conclusions:

(i) The Appellant had admitted that the statement of PW-2 was
recorded under Section 164 Cr PC; that he had refused to
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participate in the TIP; that his potency was affirmed by Dr. Ashish
Tyagi (Ex.PW-27/F); that he is the registered owner of the Swift
Dzire car in question; that he was issued a driving licence
(Ex.PW-5/A) from Delhi; that he was operating the Swift Dzire
cab as driver-partner with Uber India Systems Private Limited; that
PW-23 had used the Uber application from his mobile phone with
number ending „2388‟ to book a cab from near Priya Cinema in
Vasant Vihar; that on 5th December 2014, PW-2 sat on the rear seat
of his cab; that he was using mobile number ending „8777‟ which
was actually registered in the name of PW-7; that his blood sample
had been taken by the doctor during his medical examination; and
that FIR No.521/2011 had previously been registered at
PS Mehrauli under Sections 376 and 506 IPC but that he had been
acquitted in the said case. He also admitted to being involved in
other cases in UP as mentioned in the report (Ex.PW-25/B) but
maintained that they were all false cases. He also admitted to
pointing out the pickup point from where he picked up the victim
on 5th December 2014.

(ii) PW-2 was a reliable and truthful witness. There was consistency in
the versions given by PW-2 under Section 164 Cr PC as well as in
her deposition in Court. In her statement under Section 164 Cr PC,
PW-2 had stated before the learned MM that “male private part of
the accused had entered her private parts” to some extent. The use
of the phrase “private parts” by the prosecutrix in her statement
under Section 164 Cr PC (Ex.PW-2/B-1) is sufficient to show that
it was not for the first time before the Court that she mentioned
that the Appellant had committed anal sex with her.

(iii) As per the report of the FSL Biological Division (Ex.PW-26/B),
semen of the accused was found in the vaginal swab, cervical
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mucus, swab of rectum, jeans pant, and underwear of the
prosecutrix.

(iv) The Appellant had refused to give semen sample at the time of his
medical examination. In any event, his DNA profile was generated
from the blood sample taken on gauze. There could be no other
reason for the presence of the semen of the Appellant in the
vaginal swab, cervical mucus swab, and rectal swab of the
prosecutrix and in any event, no explanation for the same was
offered by the Appellant.

(v) The testimony of PW-2 that the Appellant forcibly committed rape
on her and even attempted anal sex was fully proved by the
scientific evidence by way of the DNA Examination Report
(Ex.PW-26/B). There was no force in the submission that the
report of the CFSL was manipulated or tampered with.

(vi) There was also no delay in sending the exhibits to the CFSL. There
was no manipulation of the MLC of the victim either.

(vii) There was no merit in the contention of the defence that PW-2
testified about the Appellant pressing her neck forcibly only to
bring the case under Section 376 (2) (m) IPC when in fact there
was no danger to her life. In any event, in her statement under
Section 164 Cr PC, PW-2 had clearly stated that the Appellant had
pressed her neck with great force. This was not in any event an
improvement.

(viii) The PCR form was not expected to contain the entire and complete
account of the incident. It was just meant to provide information
regarding the commission of the offence.

(ix) As regards PW-2 giving different versions about the alleged taking
of her mobile phone by the Appellant during the course of the
incident, it could not be considered a material improvement by
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PW-2. The DNA report as well as the testimony of PW-2 remained
unimpeached and consistent with her version of events.

(x) There was not an iota of evidence to show that PW-2 talked to her
mother for 16 seconds at 12:15 am on the night of the incident. The
mere fact there was an incoming call of 16 seconds duration
reflected in the CDR was not sufficient per se to hold that PW-2
had talked to her mother at that time.

45. Consequently, it was concluded that the Appellant was guilty of the
offences with which he had been charged. By a separate order on
sentence dated 3rd November 2015, the Appellant was sentenced in the
manner indicated hereinbefore.

46. This Court has heard the submissions of Mr. Raman Yadav, learned
counsel for the Appellant, and Mr. Kewal Singh Ahuja, learned APP for
the State.

PW-2: a truthful and reliable witness

47. The first attempt by the learned counsel for the Appellant was to
show that PW-2 was not truthful or reliable as a witness. The Court finds
that in the cross-examination of PW-2, she was only contradicted on one
small aspect which was sought to be shown as an improvement. When
she replied to the same stating that she had told the police that the
Appellant had already taken away her mobile phone whilst she was
asleep on the rear seat of the cab, she was confronted with the complaint
(Ex.PW-2/A) where it was not so recorded. Nevertheless, she clarified
that she had in fact said so in her statement under Section 164 Cr PC.
This cannot, therefore, be seen as a material inconsistency in her
testimony.

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48. Learned counsel for the Appellant referred to the PCR form and what
had been recorded there and tried to contend that PW-2‟s deposition in
Court was a huge improvement over that. As pointed out by the trial
Court itself, what is written in the PCR form cannot be elevated to the
level of a deposition in Court or even a statement made under
Section 164 Cr PC.

49. The determination as to whether a witness is truthful or reliable can
be made only upon comparing her confession under Section 164 Cr PC to
her deposition in Court. If these two were very different from her initial
statement to the police under Section 161 Cr PC, then she could always
be confronted while deposing with what she had stated in her initial
statement under Section 161 Cr PC. However, entries in the PCR form
cannot be said to constitute a previous statement recorded by the police
under Section 161 Cr PC. Learned counsel for the Appellant was
therefore unable to point out whether any significant improvement was
made by PW-2 in her deposition in Court over what she had stated under
Section 164 Cr PC. The Court is unable to find any such major
improvement.

50. In this context the law in relation to appreciation of the testimony of a
rape victim as explained by the Supreme Court in the following words in
State of Maharashtra v. Chandraprakash Kewalchand Jain (1990) 1
SCC 550 is relevant:

“15. It is necessary at the outset to state what the approach of
the Court should be while evaluating the prosecution
evidence, particularly the evidence of the prosecutrix, in sex-
offences.

Is it essential that the evidence of the prosecutrix should be
corroborated in material particulars before the Court basis a
conviction on her testimony? Does the rule of prudence
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demand that in all cases save the rarest of rare the Court
should look for corroboration before acting on the evidence
of the prosecutrix?

Let us see if the Evidence Act provides the clue. Under the
said statute ‘Evidence’ means and includes all statements
which the Court permits or requires to be made before it by
witnesses, in relation to the matters of fact under inquiry.
Under Section 59 all facts, except the contents of documents,
may be proved by oral evidence. Section 118 then tells us
who may give oral evidence. According to that section all
persons are competent to testify unless the Court considers
that they are prevented from understanding the questions put
to them, or from giving rational answers to those questions,
by tender years, extreme old age, disease, whether of body or
mind, or any other cause of the same kind. Even in the case
of an accomplice Section 133 provides that he shall be a
competent witness against an accused person; and a
conviction is not illegal merely because it proceeds upon the
uncorroborated testimony of an accomplice. However,
illustration (b) to Section. 114, which lays down a rule of
practice, says that the Court ‘may’ presume that an
accomplice is unworthy of credit, unless he is corroborated in
material particulars. Thus under Section 133, which lays
down a rule of law, an accomplice is a competent witness and
a conviction based solely on his uncorroborated evidence is
not illegal although in view of Section 114, illustration (b),
courts do not as a matter of practice do so and look for
corroboration in material particulars. This is the conjoint
effect of Sections 133 and 114, illustration (b).

16. A prosecutrix of a sex-offence cannot be put on par with
an accomplice. She is in fact a victim of the crime. The
Evidence Act nowhere says that her evidence cannot be
accepted unless it is corroborated in material particulars. She
is undoubtedly a competent witness under Section 118 and
her evidence must receive the same weight as is attached to
an injured in cases of physical violence. The same degree of
care and caution must attach in the evaluation of her evidence
as in the case of an injured complainant or witness and no C
more. What is necessary is that the Court must be alive to and
conscious of the fact that it is dealing with the evidence of a
person who is interested in the outcome of the charge
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levelled by her. If the Court keeps this in mind and feels
satisfied that it can act on the evidence of the prosecutrix,
there is no rule of law or practice incorporated in the
Evidence Act similar to illustration (b) to Section 114 which
requires it to look for corroboration. If for some reason the
Court is hesitant to place implicit reliance on the testimony of
the prosecutrix it may look for evidence which may lend
assurance to her testimony short of corroboration required in
the case of an accomplice. The nature of evidence required to
lend assurance to the testimony of the prosecutrix must
necessarily depend on the facts and circumstances of each
case. But if a prosecutrix is an adult and of full understanding
the Court is entitled to base a conviction on her evidence
unless the same is shown to be infirm and not trustworthy. If
the totality of the circumstances appearing on the record of
the case disclose that the prosecutrix does not have a strong
motive to falsely involve the person charged, the Court
should ordinarily have no hesitation in accepting her
evidence.

We have, therefore, no doubt in our minds that ordinarily the
evidence of a prosecutrix who does not lack understanding
must be accepted. The degree of proof required must not be
higher than is expected of an injured witness.”

51. In State of Punjab v. Gurmit Singh (1996) 2 SCC 384, the above
legal position was reiterated thus:

“The courts must, while evaluating evidence, remain alive to
the fact that in a case of rape, no self respecting woman
would come forward in a court just to make a humiliating”
statement against her honour such as is involved in the
commission of rape on her. In cases involving sexual
molestation, supposed considerations which have no material
effect on the veracity of the prosecution case or even
discrepancies in the statement of the prosecutrix should not,
unless the discrepancies are such which are of fatal nature, be
allowed to throw out an otherwise reliable prosecution case.

The inherent bashfulness of the females and the tendency to
conceal outrage of sexual aggression are factors which the
Courts should not over-look.

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The testimony of the victim in such cases is vital and unless
there are compelling reasons which necessitate looking for
corroboration of her statement, the courts should find no
difficulty to act on the testimony of a victim of sexual assault
alone to convict an accused where her testimony inspires
confidence and is found to be reliable.

Seeking corroboration of her statement before relying upon
the same, as a rule, in such cases amounts to adding insult to
injury.

Why should the evidence of a girl or a woman who
complains of rape or sexual molestation, be viewed with
doubt, disbelief or suspicion? The Court while appreciating
the evidence of a prosecutrix may look for some assurance of
her statement to satiny its judicial conscience, since she is a
witness who is interested in the outcome of the charge
levelled by her, but there is no requirement of law to insist
upon corroboration of her statement to base conviction of an
accused. The evidence of a victim of sexual assault stands
almost at par with the evidence of an injured witness and to
an extent is even more reliable. Just as a witness who has
sustained some injury in the occurrence which is not found to
be self inflicted, is considered to be a good witness in the
sense that he is least likely to shield the real culprit, the
evidence of a victim of a sexual offence is entitled to great
weight, absence of corroboration notwithstanding.
Corroborative evidence is not an imperative component of
judicial credence in every case of rape.

Corroboration as a condition for judicial reliance on the
testimony of the prosecutrix is not a requirement of law but a
guidance of prudence under given circumstances.

It must not be over-looked that a woman or a girl subjected to
sexual assault is not an accomplice to the crime but is a
victim of another person’s lust and it is improper and
undesirable to test her evidence with a certain amount of
suspicion, treating her as if she were an accomplice.
Inferences have to be drawn from a given set of facts and
circumstances with realistic diversity and not dead uniformity
lest that type of rigidity in the shape of rule of law is
introduced through a new form of testimonial tyranny
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making justice a casualty. Courts cannot cling to a fossil
formula and insist upon corroboration even if, taken as a
whole the case spoken of by the victim of sex crime strikes
the judicial mind as probable.”

52. In the present case, PW-2 has been consistent on the material
particulars of her version throughout: first in her statement to the police,
then before the learned MM, and finally while deposing in Court. She has
withstood rigorous and unrelenting cross-examination. Further, as will be
seen hereafter, the medical and forensic evidence fully corroborates the
version of PW-2 that the Appellant confined her in the rear seat of the
cab and raped her. In Om Prakash v. State of U.P. (2006) 9 SCC 787, it
was held: “If the totality of the circumstances appearing on the record of
the case discloses that the prosecutrix does not have a strong motive to
falsely involve the person charged, the Court should ordinarily have no
hesitation in accepting her evidence”.

53. This Court also concurs with the trial Court on the series of
admissions made by the Appellant which makes it unnecessary for the
prosecution to have to prove that he was driving the Swift Dzire car
which was being operated as an Uber cab in which PW-2 took a ride on
the fateful night of 5th December 2014.

54. Learned counsel for the Appellant then dwelt on the „reddishness‟
noticed on the introitus of PW-2 by PW-12 who saw her for the second
time at 7:30 pm on 6th December 2014. Learned counsel for the
Appellant made a preposterous submission that the said reddishness and
scratch marks on the neck which were noticed for the first time by
PW-12 were “self inflicted”. The Court makes it clear that such
submissions require to be noted merely for the purpose their being
rejected as wholly improbable and a figment of the imagination of the
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learned counsel for the Appellant. No such suggestion was put to PW-2
when she was cross-examined. In fact, there is very little confrontation of
PW-2 about anything stated by her in her initial statement to the police
which could demonstrate that she was neither truthful nor reliable. On the
other hand, on the material aspects of the rape having been committed by
the Appellant in the rear seat of the Swift Dzire cab, PW-2 is entirely
consistent at every stage of the investigation. Whatever omissions or
additions were made in her statement under Section 164 Cr PC and later
in the trial Court are not material enough to shake the truthfulness or
reliability of the deposition of PW-2 as regards the actual commission of
rape on her by the Appellant in the rear seat of the cab.

55. Learned counsel for the Appellant then urged that the evidence of
PW-12 shows that the clothes of PW-2 were not collected at the earliest
point in time and handed over to the police and, therefore, any semen
stains on such clothes of PW-2 should be kept out of the reckoning. The
above submission overlooks the fact that apart from the clothes of PW-2,
semen was found in her vaginal and anal swabs. The FSL report, as
noticed by the trial Court, recorded as under:

“As per Biological Examination and DNA Profiling Report
Ex.PW-26/B, semen was detected on exhibits 1j (vaginal
swab of Prosecutrix), 1k (cervical mucus of Prosecutrix), 1n
(swab of rectal examination of Prosecutrix), 2a (Jeans Part of
Prosecutrix) and 2c (Underwear of Prosecutrix). Further, as
per Report Ex.PW-26/B, the DNA profile generated from
male fraction DNA obtained from the source of exhibits: 1j
(vaginal swab and smear), 1k (Cervical mucus swab), 1n
(Rectal swab smear), 2a (Jeans pants), 2c (Underwear), 3b
(Shirt), 3c (Underwear), 5 (Pubic hair) and 10 (Nail
Clippings) was found to be human male in origin and
consistent with the DNA profile of Shiv Kumar Yadav
(Source of exhibit-4: Blood stained Gauze). Thus, as per
report Ex.PW-26/B, semen of Accused was found in vaginal

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swab, cervical mucus, swab of rectal, jeans part and
underwear of the Prosecutrix.”

56. Therefore, the connection of the Appellant with the crime was
unmistakably established by the medical and scientific evidence.

Section 376 (2) (m) IPC

57. Learned counsel for the Appellant then dwelt on Section 376 (2) (m)
IPC which reads as under:

“376. Punishment for rape.-(1) …..

(2) Whoever,-

…..

(m) while committing rape causes grievous bodily
harm or maims or disfigures or endangers the
life of a woman; or
…..

shall be punished with rigorous imprisonment for a term
which shall not be less than ten years, but which may extend
to imprisonment for life, which shall mean imprisonment for
the remainder of that natural person‟s natural life, and shall
also be liable to fine.”

58. He contends that none of the ingredients of Section 376 (2) (m) IPC
stand attracted in the present case, particularly since PW-2 was not in
danger by any overt act of the Appellant except the pressing of her neck
which again did not result in any injury.

59. The Court is unable to agree with the above submission. As noted by
the trial Court, even in the statement under Section 164 Cr PC, PW-2
spoke about the Appellant pressing her neck very hard while committing
the rape. Given the limited space in the rear seat of a car and the fact that
the Appellant was lying over her, she was virtually unable to move, much
less free herself, while the Appellant was committing rape. With the
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Appellant threatening her with bodily harm with a saria if she made any
noise, PW-2 must have been in a state of panic. In the considered view of
the Court, the key ingredient of Section 376 (2) (m) IPC, viz. that the
perpetrator must endanger the victim‟s life, is satisfied in the facts and
circumstances of the present case. The Court concurs with the trial Court
that the offence punishable under Section 376 (2) (m) IPC stands
attracted in the present case.

60. The bite mark on the lower lip of PW-2 fully justifies the finding of
guilt of the Appellant for the offence under Section 323 IPC.
Confinement of PW-2 in the rear seat by locking the door and
committing rape and criminal intimidation attract the offences punishable
under Sections 366 and 506 IPC.

61. Consequently, the Court finds no grounds made out for interfering
with the conviction of the Appellant by the trial Court for the offences
under Section 376 (2) (m), 323, 366, and 506 IPC.

Sentence

62. Learned counsel for the Appellant then argued that the sentence of
life imprisonment for the offence punishable under Section 376 (2) (m)
IPC was unduly harsh and that this Court should consider awarding a
lesser sentence of ten years imprisonment, i.e. the minimum sentence for
the offence under Section 376 (2) (m) IPC.

63. The Court notes that instances of rape have been on the rise,
notwithstanding more stringent provisions being inserted in the IPC post
16th December 2012. Section 376 (2) (m) IPC came into force pursuant to
the recommendations on changes to the IPC made by the Justice Verma
Committee. Yet, statistics collated by the National Crime Records
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Bureau for 2016 show that 38,947 women were raped that year. In other
words, nearly five rapes were committed every hour in that year!

64. Despite his previous criminal record of being involved, amongst
others, in cases punishable under Section 376 IPC, the Appellant does not
appear to have learnt anything from those experiences. While one of the
cases against him under Section 376 IPC ended in his acquittal, there is at
least one other case involving the same offence pending against him.
Given the track record of the Appellant and the extreme physical and
mental trauma suffered by PW-2, there is absolutely no scope for any
leniency as far as the sentence is concerned.

65. Consequently, this Court affirms the order on conviction as well as
the order on sentence passed by the trial Court. The appeal and the
pending applications are dismissed.

S. MURALIDHAR, J.

VINOD GOEL, J.

SEPTEMBER 10, 2018
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