Madras High Court recalls controversial order on ‘directing settlement’ between rapist and victim


The Madras High Court has recalled a controversial order that granted bail for a rapist so he could meet his victim for a possible settlement. The ruling comes days after the Supreme Court attacked the high court’s attitude, describing it as “a spectacular error” which is “against the dignity of women.”

The man who raped the teenager in 2002 when she was 15 has now been told to surrender. Last month, Justice Devadass said that the man could leave jail for a mediation session with the victim. He noted that in a similar case where he had made a similar intervention, ‘a happy conclusion’ was reached after the ‘rapist’ agreed to marry his victim.

In this particular case, the court said that the rape survivor, who became pregnant and gave birth to a baby daughter, was “nobody’s wife… an unwed mother,” suggesting it would be in her best interest to marry the rapist.

However, the woman had told reporters that she had absolutely no interest in any sort of mediation.