An apex court bench headed by Justice Dipak Misra said that any compromise promising wedlock between a rape accused and the victim compromises the dignity of the woman.
The court said that such a compromise lacks sensitivity on the part of those promoting a settlement.
Holding that courts cannot take a soft approach on the issue, the bench described as a spectacular error and lack of sensitivity on the part of a lower court which had allowed a rapist to go scot-free by accepting an agreement on wedlock.
The order came while accepting the Madhya Pradesh government’s plea challenging a lower court’s acquitting a man accused of rape. (IANS)