“My Physique Is Damaged…”: UP Man Acquitted Of Rape After 20 Years In Jail

'My Body Is Broken...': UP Man Acquitted Of Rape After 20 Years In Prison

Vishnu Tiwari walked out of Agra Central Jail on Wednesday with the courtroom order in his fingers

Agra:

An Uttar Pradesh man who spent 20 years in jail over a rape case earlier than being pronounced harmless by the Allahabad Excessive Courtroom in January this yr, walked of Agra Central Jail on Wednesday night.

Vishnu Tiwari, now 43 years outdated, will now go house – a village in UP’s Lalitpur district.

Mr Tiwari was arrested on September 16, 2000, and booked for rape and atrocities underneath the SC/ST Act. Three years later he was convicted of rape by a Lalitpur courtroom and sentenced to 10 years’ rigorous imprisonment. He was additional convicted underneath the SC/ST Act and sentenced to life imprisonment.

All sentences have been to run concurrently, as per the instructions of the trial courtroom.

He had been accused of rape by a girl from his village; she stated Mr Tiwari had assaulted her as she was going from her house to work within the fields.

Visuals from Agra Central Jail this night confirmed Mr Tiwari strolling out of the jail gates together with his launch order in hand.

Nobody got here to obtain him, however he informed the media he supposed to take an in a single day bus house.

“I’ve been in jail for 20 years… what ought to I look ahead to? My physique is damaged and so is my household. I solely have a youthful brother. I’m not married. Have a look at my fingers… there are blisters from working within the jail kitchen,” Mr Tiwari informed NDTV in an interview.

“Right this moment, earlier than leaving, I obtained Rs 600 from the jail administration. That’s all I’ve,” he added.

In January, because it acquitted Mr Tiwari, the Allahabad Excessive Courtroom noticed: “The medical proof ought to present some semblance of forcible intercourse, even when we go as per the model of the prosecutrix – that the accused had gagged her mouth for ten minutes and had thrashed her on floor. There would have been some accidents to a fully-grown woman…”

“In our discovering, the medical proof goes to indicate that the physician didn’t discover any sperm. The physician categorically opined that no indicators of forcible sexual activity have been discovered. This was additionally based mostly on the discovering that there have been no inside accidents on the girl…” the courtroom added.

The courtroom additionally stated “factual information additionally goes to indicate that there are a number of contradictions within the examination-in-chief, in addition to cross-examination of all three witnesses”.

“In view of the information and proof on report, we’re satisfied that the accused has been wrongly convicted. Therefore the judgment and order impugned is reversed and the accused is acquitted,” the courtroom declared.

The courtroom additionally made robust observations on Mr Tiwari remaining in jail for an prolonged interval pending enchantment, and referred to sections of the Code of Prison Process (CrPC) to emphasize that the centre and state had “an obligation to commute the sentences as talked about”.

“We’re pained to say that even after 14 years of incarceration, the State didn’t consider exercising its energy for commutation of sentence of life imprisonment of the current accused. His case ought to have been thought of however has not been thought of,” the courtroom stated.

“The factual state of affairs within the current case would present that had the Authorities considered taking over the case of the accused, as per the jail handbook, it could have been discovered that the case was not so grave that it couldn’t have been thought of for remission/commutation,” the courtroom pressured.

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