Tuesday, October 23, 2018

Gujarat HC quashes rape FIR against Surat doctor

Gujarat high court granted relief to a Surat-based fertility specialist Dr Praful Doshi on Monday, as it quashed the FIR lodged against him by a married woman for allegedly raping her at his clinic last month.
Justice A Y Kogje quashed the FIR on a petition filed by the doctor, requesting to put an end to the proceedings after he and the complainant reached a compromise. The court junked the FIR with the observation that as the complainant did not have a grievance, carrying out the investigation and prosecution would not serve any purpose and would be an abuse of the process of law.
Doshi was booked on September 5 at Athwa police station after a 28-year-old woman alleged that he raped her at his hospital in Nanpura the previous afternoon.
Police arrested the doctor and secured his custodial interrogation. Police investigation revealed that the complainant had visited the doctor’s clinic on the day of the alleged incident. Police recovered CCTV footage to substantiate the charges.
After the rape case was reported to the police, some 25 women staged a demonstration against Doshi on the court campus.
However, in the 40 days since the FIR was registered, the complainant settled the dispute with the doctor and told the HC that she did not want the doctor’s prosecution.

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