New Delhi: A man, who was facing trial for trying to kill his wife by forcibly making her consume insecticide, has been acquitted by a Delhi court after the victim changed her statement before it.

Additional Sessions Judge Hemani Malhotra acquitted 34-year-old Yogesh of the charge of attempting to murder his wife Rajni under section 307 of the Indian Penal Code (IPC), saying the prosecution has failed to prove its case.

“In the light of testimonies of the victim and other material witnesses, I am of the opinion that the prosecution has miserably failed to bring home the guilt of Yogesh under section 307 of the IPC and therefore, I have no hesitation to acquit him.

“…none of these witnesses could support the case of the prosecution on the basis of which the accused can be held guilty of having intention to cause death or with intention of causing injury and forcibly made victim Rajni consume pesticide,” the judge said.

According to the prosecution, Rajni’s father Ashok Singh had lodged an FIR stating that a quarrel broke out between Yogesh, who was in a drunken state, and Rajni in the wee hours of April 28, 2012 after which the man informed him that she had consumed insecticide accidentally. She was rushed to St. Stephen’s Hospital immediately.

In his statement to the police, he further said Yogesh, who married his daughter Rajni in 2010 without any dowry, started asking for money a month before this incident and he suspected that it was Yogesh who forcibly made her consume the chemical.

While reiterating the statement of her father, Rajni had told the police that on the day of the incident Yogesh was drunk and began fighting with her at their residence in Sadar Bazar here on the issue of her alleged extra marital affair. Thereafter, he forced her to consume insecticide.

However, while deposing before the court, the victim changed her statement saying she had an alleged history of consuming insecticide and was under medication for the same.

Rajni said she had a loving relationship with Yogesh and mistook the insecticide for her medicine.

She denied being forced by Yogesh to consume the chemical saying she had made the statement to the police out of nervousness and it was untrue, the court observed.

Rajni’s father, too, changed his stand saying the statement made by him before Sub Divisional Magistrate was due to some misunderstanding and later on his daughter disclosed that she had consumed the chemical mistaking it for the cough syrup.

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