In a landmark ruling that sets a precedent for some women who misuse rape laws, a Sessions Court in Dewas district has convicted and sentenced a woman to 10 years of rigorous imprisonment for filing a false rape case.
“The court of second additional sessions judge, Dewas convicted Seema Bai Singh, 45 under section 195 for lodging a fake rape complaint and producing wrong evidence before the court with ten years of rigorous imprisonment,” said DPO Dewas Rajendra Singh Bhadauriya.
The convict has also produced wrong evidence before the court. Besides 10 years of rigorous imprisonment, the Court imposed a fine of Rs 2000 on the women.
43-year-old Seema Bai is a widow and resident of the village Barkheda Kotapai police station Barotha. She filed a rape case against the 33-year-old son of her brother-in-law on June 3, 2017.
The police booked the man as per the complaint and the trial was conducted. Following the investigation, it was found that the rape allegations were false and were filed to acquire the land.
While concluding the case on January 18, 2019, the Court issued directions to register a case against the woman under Section 182 (giving false information), Section 211 (false charge of offence made with intent to injure) and Section 195 (Giving or fabricating false evidence with intent to procure conviction of an offence) of the Indian Penal Code.
After the case was registered, it was transferred to Session Court. The woman was on bail during the trial. The trial was led by ADPO Jayanti Puranik and she was convicted.