New Delhi, March 8
Maintaining that it has the highest respect for women, the Supreme Court today blamed the media for misreporting its poser to a rape accused from Maharashtra last week.
“We (had) asked, are you (accused) going to marry? We didn’t order (him) to marry,” a Bench headed by Chief Justice of India SA Bobde said while hearing a case of a 14-year-old rape survivor who has sought permission to abort her 26-week-old foetus. The observations made during the hearing of a rape case last week were “completely misreported”, the CJI said. Referring to a provision of the Evidence Act, the court said its query was posed in the context of the judicial records but the issue was “completely misreported” by the media.
The query was based on judicial records that contained an undertaking from the man that he would marry the minor after she turned 18, the court said on International Women’s Day. Rights activists, some politicians and intellectuals had criticised the top court. — TNS