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Punjab and Haryana High Court Verdict: Engagement does not give groom right to sexually exploit his fiancee

Petitioner cannot take any leverage to physically exploit his fiancée against her consent during the period intervening their engagement and marriage,” Justice Puri said in the judgment delivered in Punjab and Haryana High Court on Monday.

A bench of Justice Vivek Puri made this observation while dismissing the anticipatory bail plea of a Haryana man who is an accused of rape by his former fiancée. “The petitioner cannot get any leverage to physically exploit the fiancée against the consent during the period intervening the engagement and the marriage,” Justice Puri said in the judgment which he delivered on Monday.

On this occasion, the court recorded that there was no material evidence to indicate that “as on June 18, 2022”, the woman had consented to any such relationship. “ The WhatsApp chat at a subsequent stage may have been exchanged on the score that the matrimonial alliance was existing at that time. However, it does not mean that the act was committed by the petitioner with the previous consent of the woman.

Anjani Kumar
Anjani Kumar
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