Guilty Until Proven Innocent: The Plight Of A Common Man In India?

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'A young Indian boy was accused of raping a girl he met at a bar earlier this year in the US. The boy was detained by the police on receiving the complaint and called for questioning. After long hours of questioning, he was let go by police and later granted bail by the court. I would not like to name this person since he was honourably discharged of the charges levelled against him after it was established that the duo had indulged in a consensual activity. CCTV footage clearly established that it was the girl who led the boy and signalled her friends that she was going to have sex with him. This boy was falsely accused.

From this real case, I wish to draw your attention to just one factor – this boy was not arrested despite the fact that he had rape charges levelled against him. He was heard and the court too released him on a very high bail bond, but still. His right to liberty was not compromised.

He was considered 'innocent until proven guilty', which is the cornerstone of criminal justice system across the world. While it is the same in books in India as well, in all realities, we have completely overturned this rule especially in cases of crime against women or if I may say alleged crime against women.'

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