Jet pilot Varun Agarwal was a live-in partner, not rapist
Tuesday, 1st June 2010
The live-in partner of 27-year-old Jet Airways pilot, Varun Agarwal, may have accused him of rape after he refused to marry her, but legal experts say police should be more careful when investigating cases like these.
Lawyers say rape is a heinous crime that deserves strict punishment, but whether the provisions governing rape are applicable here is the question.
Varun Agarwal’s live-in partner, an airhostess, complained to the Powai police that he repeatedly raped her after promising to marry her. The police have lodged a first information report accusing Agarwal of raping and cheating the complainant.
Lawyers say in such cases the police should first conduct a preliminary inquiry into the allegations. Special public prosecutor Rohini Salian said the complainant is an adult mature enough to decide that she wants to live-in with the pilot. Even if it is assumed that she succumbed to physical relationship under threat, why did she keep quiet for so long, Salian asked. “The police could have conducted an initial inquiry before lodging the FIR,” Salian said. “The facts and circumstance of the case suggest that the pilot should not have been booked for rape.”
Publication : hindustan times