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state of Maharashtra V/s. Madhukar Narayan Mardikar

ARVIND JAIN ,
  21 February 2009       Share Bookmark

Court :
S.C
Brief :
Merely because she is a woman of easy virtue, her evidence can not be thrown overboard.
Citation :
AIR 1991 Supreme Court 207


“ The High Court observes that since Banubi is an unchaste woman it would be extremely unsafe to allow the fortune and career of a Government official to be put in jeopardy upon the uncorroborated version of such a woman who makes no secret of her illicit intimacy with another person. She was honest enough to admit the dark side of her life. Even a woman of easy virtue is entitled to privacy and no one can invade her privacy as and when he likes. So also it is not open to any and every person to violate her as and when he wishes. She is entitled to protect her person if there is an attempt to violate it against her wish. She is equally entitled to the protection of law. Therefore, merely because she is a woman of easy virtue, her evidence can not be thrown overboard. At the most the officer called upon to evaluate her evidence would be required to administer caution unto himself before accepting her evidence.”
(Hon'ble Justice K. Jagannatha Shetty and A.M. Ahmadi of Supreme Court in state of Maharashtra V/s. Madhukar Narayan Mardikar, AIR 1991 Supreme Court 207 at page 211, para 8 )
 
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