Washington, Aug 3(BAN/CD): A woman from the United States, who was sexually assaulted in Delhi in 2013, has spoken out against the “corrupt” Indian legal system for granting bail to the convict in the case. The woman shared a video of herself on Facebook on July 30 , in which she reveals she was notified that “the man who broke into her apartment and viciously attacked her and who she had to fight to get him convicted” was given bail.
The woman narrates how she had to travel alone to India to testify in the case but now the assaulter has been given bail by a “corrupt judge”. In the video, the woman is standing in front of the Indian Consulate in Sacramento, California to get the papers notarized to appeal in the higher courts in India. She also asked people for their help in ensuring that she receives justice in this case.
According to The Week, the Consulate General of India, San Francisco, responded to her in the Facebook video itself and clarified that all the attestations were provided on the same day itself.
“Our deepest sympathies and our support are with you. As you know, all attestations were provided on the same day (Tuesday) after you spoke to the Consulate officials and we waived the requirements of the Hague Convention that requires apostilling of legal documents. We hope that you obtain the justice you seek and deserve at the earliest,” the consulate's response read.
In 2013, Rajeev Panwar, nephew of former mayor of Delhi Jayshree Panwar was arrested over the alleged incident of assault in his apartment that he rented out to foreigners.
The incident took place on June 24, 2013, when Panwar molested the woman while she was sleeping after trespassing into her flat. Earlier that night, the US woman, her husband, a Russian woman and Panwar had been partying together.
Panwar has been held guilty of digital rape of the US woman and was sentenced for a seven year imprisonment by a Delhi court in February 2019.
When someone rapes a person using their finger or fingers it is termed as digital rape.
Despite some discrepancies Additional Sessions Judge Ila Rawat said that the woman’s testimony could not be discarded. The woman had left India soon after the incident as her marriage had broken down and she had no other reason to stay back in the country, the judge noted.
The court had observed that the victim's testimony could not be said to be unreliable as she came all the way from her country to depose in the case.