NEW DELHI: After spending a year in jail on charges of rape, a man has approached the Delhi high court seeking quashing of the FIR against him on the ground that he and the victim have decided to get married.

HC has granted Sanjay partial relief in the form of interim bail till February 14, for getting married to the alleged victim. But Justice Suresh Kait also directed Sanjay to produce the proof of marriage, and only after the court is assured, will it consider his plea to quash the FIR lodged by the woman against him.

According to the FIR, both Sanjay and the victim were employed as domestic help in the house of a businessman in Anand Niketan. Sanjay’s employer and his family went out of Delhi in February last year. According to the complaint of the victim and the case of the prosecution, Sanjay took advantage of the situation and raped the victim. The woman registered her case with Dhaula Kuan police station and Sanjay was arrested on February 18, 2011.

After a year in custody, the couple had an out of court settlement where the accused agreed to marry the victim so that she doesn’t face any ostracism in life. Once the couple came to a settlement, the woman indicated she was willing to withdraw her allegations against Sanjay and both approached HC.

Sanjay had a change of heart in jail and decided to tie the knot with the victim and end their woes, said Sanjay’s lawyer.

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