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PRAYAGRAJ: The Allahabad high court has refused bail to a man accused of raping a woman after promising to marry her and, thereafter, allegedly pressuring her to change her religion as a condition for marriage.
Rejecting the bail application of Farhan Ahmad, alias Sanu, of Gorakhpur, Justice Om Prakash Tripathi said, “Considering the facts and circumstances of the case, rival contention of learned counsel for the parties and perusal of record and considering the complicity of accused and serious allegation of rape against the applicant, at this stage, without commenting on the merits of the case, I do not find it a fit case for bail.”
The applicant is in jail for offences under sections 376 (rape), 504 (insult with intent to provoke breach of the peace) and 506 (criminal intimidation) of the IPC, besides sections 3 and 5(1) of the Uttar Pradesh Prohibition of Unlawful Conversion of Religion Act, 2020. The FIR was lodged against him at Ramgarh Tal police station of Gorakhpur.
The complainant alleged that the accused coaxed her into a physical relationship with a false promise of marriage. “He later pressured me to convert to Islam, threatening he wouldn’t marry me unless I convert,” she said.
The woman also alleged that she feared for her life.
During the course of the hearing, the counsel for the applicant argued that the latter had been falsely implicated and that the relationship was consensual since both the applicant and the complainant were adults. He cited the medical report of the woman, which mentions no external or internal injury on her body.
The applicant also didn’t pressure the complainant at any point of time to convert to Islam, the counsel said
The advocate appearing for the state government submitted that sexual intercourse with the victim on the pretext of false promise of marriage should be treated as rape. “It is a heinous crime against a society and has a long effect on the mind of victims. The victim has to go through a serious emotional trauma and physical suffering. Sexual intercourse with the victim on the pretext of false promise to marry is, and ought to be an offence of rape under the penal provisions effect on the mind of the victim.”
While rejecting the bail plea, the court, in its order dated January 5, directed the trial court to conclude the proceedings in the case expeditiously, and preferably within a year.
The Court, however, directed the trial court to conclude the trial in the case expeditiously and preferably within a period of one year.
Advocates Amit Kumar Singh and Satyendra Narayan Singh appeared for the applicant.

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