2 sent to jail for filing false rape case

2 sent to jail for filing false rape case

A domestic help and the owner of a private placement agency have been sent to jail by a Delhi court for allegedly filing a false rape case.

The duo had implicated her former employer in a false rape case, from which he was acquitted.

However, the court let off Rajeev Luthra, 41, observing that most placement agencies are misusing the penal provisions of rape and sexual offences for criminal reasons.

“Taking advantage of the vulnerability of people, certain placement agencies have been found misusing the penal provisions relating to sexual offences, as had happened in the present case,” said Additional Sessions Judge Kamini Lau.

The court sent domestic help Sita Mani and the brother of the owner of Kajal Placement Agency, Shyam Lal Lohar, to jail for deposing falsely in the court.

“It became necessary to ensure that both Shyam Lal and Sita Mani are prosecuted and tried for these offences, which have affected the administration of justice.

“This example must act as a deterrence for others attempting to indulge in similar crime,” the judge observed.

Sita Mani, in connivance with Shyam Lal, had implicated Luthra, who remained in jail for nearly two months due to the false rape case.

‘No admission norms’

The city government on Monday was accused in the Delhi High Court of not framing guidelines for the ongoing pre-school or nursery admissions despite the court orders.

Advocate Ashok Agarwal appearing for civil society, before the bench of acting Chief Justice A K Sikri and Justice Rajiv Sahai Endlaw,  argued that keeping the child's interest in mind, the Ashok Ganguly Committee had recommended four years as the admission age of children to pre-school and it was endorsed by this court in 2007.

He said even the Delhi Education Act prescribed the same age criteria but under the garb of Right to Education Act 2009, the government has allowed private schools to give admission to children  at the age of three.

He said the government, which was directed by the court to frame guidelines on the issue for the academic year 2008- 2009, has failed to do so.

Citing the apex court rulings, the counsel said the constitution empowers courts to frame guidelines on the issue till the government comes out with new guidelines.

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