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Who filed the appeal

  • A 33- year old man was held guilty of rape of an intellectually-challenged woman.
  • He was awarded 10 years of rigorous imprisonment by the Trial Court.
  • He appealed on the ground of no penile intercourse with the victim.
  • The appeal filed by the accused against the decision of the Session’s Court had been dismissed by the Court.

Provision Involved

  • Section 375 of IPC talks about what would amount to rape.
  • Sexual intercourse with a woman against her will, without her agreement, by compulsion, deception or fraud or at a time when she has been inebriated or tricked, or is of unsound mental condition and in any instance if she is under 18 years of age would amount to rape.
  • Section 376 of IPC prescribes the punishment for rape and the accused has been convicted under this provision.

Court’s Observation

  • The forensic report had revealed the same traces on the clothes of the victim and the spot. The evidence showed sexual assault.
  • The Court observed that though there wasn’t any penile penetration but even fingering of vagina would fall under the offence of rape.


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