Chandigarh, September 22: The Punjab and Haryana High Court granted bail to three men on September 13 who were earlier convicted by a lower court of Sonipat for allegedly raping a fellow student for two years. Justice Mahesh Grover and Raj Shekhar Attri observed that there was no gut-wrenching violence in the testimony of the victim and the duo from her statement derived that she had “misadventure stemming from a promiscuous attitude and a voyeuristic mind”.

The judges raised a question as to why the victim did not speak about her mental state with the college authorities or with her parents after being in a promiscuous relationship” and having “sexual encounters” with the three men for a long period of time.

The High Court described the case as “degenerative mindset of the youth breeding denigrating relationships mired in drugs, alcohol, casual sexual escapades and a promiscuous and voyeuristic world”.

Bail was granted on condition that the three cannot leave the country and should undergo counselling. Also, as per court’s orders, the victim will be given a compensation of Rs 10 lakh which would be equally shared by the three.

The Case:

In 2015, an 18-year-old girl knocked the doors of administration of OP Jindal Global University in Sonepat alleging that for the past 1.5 years, her former friend Hardik Sikri was blackmailing her over nude pictures and had also forced her to have a physical relationship with him Vikas Garg and Karan Chhabra (friends of Sikri).

On March 24, 2017, the three were found guilty by a lower court of Sonepat. Hardik and Karan were sentenced to 20 years imprisonment while Vikas was sentenced to seven years in jail.

The verdict was heavily criticised by renowned lawyer Vrinda Grover. She said the character of the woman cannot be questioned and many rape cases do not have signs of physical abuse.