India: False marriage proposals lead to a quarter of registered rape cases in Delhi

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'Delhi Police data has revealed that a quarter of the total rape cases registered in the national Capital this year belong to accusations of sex under 'false promise of marriage'.

The annual figures also show a marginal dip, 1.93 per cent, in the total rape cases reported.

In 2015, Delhi recorded 2,069 rape cases, the highest in previous 15 years.

Just as promises of marriage can be fraudulent, legal experts say certain grey areas in Section 375 of Indian Penal Code, 1860, allow a complainant to take advantage of the situation when a relationship turns sour and ends.

A few recent observations of higher courts across the country in this regard substantiate this belief.'

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