Case Of Honey Trap : Delhi HC Denies Anticipatory Bail To Woman Who Allegedly Threatened Man Of Filing False Rape Case
We see day in and day out endless debates, discussions and deliberations in various news channels, news portals and so also in other sources of media on how women suffers immeasurably at the hands of men and strident chorus of voices demanding the most strictest punishment for such men who dare to indulge in crimes of any kind against women. But what when women makes a hell of men’s life and coerces him to meet all her utopian demands? Mostly she escapes very easily and we rarely ever get to see any protest!
Simply put, we don’t see the same happening here when men is punished most wrongly. But his leading case is an exception! We must note here how in this learned, latest, laudable and landmark judgment titled Ishu vs The State in Bail Appln. 2837/2021 delivered just recently on August 16, 2021, the Delhi High Court has denied anticipatory bail to a woman who allegedly threatened a man of filing rape case against him if he failed to meet her demand of Rs 2 lakhs. It also commendably observed that, “This is a case of honey trap.” It must be also apprised here that the Single Judge Bench of Justice Subramonium Prasad of Delhi High Court was dealing with the anticipatory bail filed by a woman accused for offences punishable under Section 328 (Causing hurt by means of poison etc with intent to commit an offence), 389 (Putting person in fear of accusation of offence, in order to commit extortion) and 34 (common intention) IPC.
To start with, the Single Judge Bench of Justice Subramonium Prasad of Delhi High Court who authored this brief, brilliant, balanced and bold judgment sets the ball rolling by first and foremost putting forth in para 1 that, “The petitioner has filed the instant petition under Section 438 Cr.P.C. for grant of bail in the event of arrest in FIR No.118/2021 dated 10.04.2021 registered at Police Station South Rohini for offences punishable under Sections 328, 389 and 34 IPC.”
To put things in perspective, the Bench then enunciates in para 2 that, “The brief facts leading to this bail application are as under:
- a) A complaint was filed by one Rishab Jain (Complainant) stating that he has a business of marble and tiles and he runs a Shop at B-81, Marble market, Mangolpur Kalan, opposite Indian Bank, New Delhi. He stated that on 01.04.2021, one Nikhil Bhattal, whom the complainant knew, came to his shop and asked for some good quality marble stones/tiles for renovation of his residence and he insisted that the complainant must visit his house. It is stated that when the complainant visited the house of the said Nikhil Bhattal, he introduced the complainant to his girlfriend, lshu @ Bobby (the petitioner herein). It is stated that the petitioner lives with Nikhil Bhattal. It is stated that the petitioner offered a soft drink to the complainant. It is stated that after consuming the drink the complainant started feeling dizzy. It is stated that the said Nikhil Bhattal asked the complainant to take rest and he left the room. It is stated that after Nikhil Bhattal left the room the petitioner herein came close to the complainant and started rubbing his head and thereafter the complainant became unconscious. It is stated that when the complainant regained consciousness he was shocked to see that the petitioner was rubbing his private part. It is stated that the complainant went outside the room. It is stated that when Nikhil Bhattal came back, the complainant narrated the incident to him. It is stated that on hearing about the incident Nikhil Bhattal got furious and broke the phone of his girlfriend. It is stated in the complaint that thereafter demands for a mobile phone, a TV and Rs.2,00,000/- in cash were made and the complainant was threatened that if demands are not met the petitioner herein would file a case of rape against the complainant. It is stated that after the incident the complainant was called more than 25 times for payment of money. The complainant also produced various voice recordings to substantiate that the petitioner and Nikhil Bhattal are demanding money from the complainant and threatening him that if their demands are not met a case of rape would be filed against the complainant. FIR No.118/2021 dated 10.04.2021 was registered at Police Station South Rohini for offences punishable under Sections 328, 389 and 34 IPC.
On the one hand, the Bench discloses in para 5 that, “Mr. Viraj Datar, learned Senior Counsel appearing for the petitioner states that the fact that the petitioner was trying to prepare her defence and therefore the fact that she did not join the investigation does not mean that the petitioner was absconding. He states that the petitioner had gone to the Police Station and her statement under Section 164 Cr.P.C was recorded in the complaint filed by her against the complainant on allegations of rape. He states that the mere ipse dixit in the Status Report that the petitioner is absconding does not hold water. He states that the Police have not taken any steps/action against the petitioner by filing applications before the concerned Court to declare the petitioner a proclaimed offender. He further states that other than taking voice samples there is no necessity for arresting the petitioner and therefore the petitioner should be granted anticipatory bail.”
On the other hand, the Bench then reveals in para 6 that, “Per contra, Ms. Kusum Dhalla, learned APP contends that the petitioner was not available at her residence when the Police went there and the petitioner had not joined the investigation. She also states that the FIR was lodged on 10.04.2021 and the Police did not rush to the court by moving an application without taking all efforts to ensure that the accused against whom allegations are made joins the investigation. She states that the present case is one of honey trap and the fact that the petitioner gave her statement under Section 164 Cr.P.C. would have no relevance because the first step in a case of rape is to record the statement of the prosecutrix under Section 164 Cr.P.C. She further states that the moment the complainant filed the instant FIR the petitioner has gone into hiding and she has surfaced only when the co-accused, Nikhil Bhattal, was granted bail by this Court. She further states that the investigation is at a very nascent stage, qua the petitioner, the petitioner is alleged of an offence under Section 328 IPC for which the petitioner can be punished with up to ten years of imprisonment. She states that the conduct of the petitioner shows that she can abscond and therefore the petitioner ought not be granted anticipatory bail.”
Adding more to it, the Bench then states in para 7 that, “Mr. Rahul Chandlok, the learned counsel for the complainant supports the case of the prosecution and states that the petitioner and the co-accused have constantly threatened the complainant and have demanded money. He states that it is a case of honey trap and anticipatory bail ought not to be given to the petitioner.”
Most significantly and also most remarkably, what forms the cornerstone of this notable judgment is that the Bench then envisages eloquently in para 8 that, “A reading of the FIR shows that this is a case of honey trap. The allegation against the petitioner is that she has threatened the complainant and has demanded money. Material on record shows that only when the complainant filed the instant FIR, the petitioner filed her complaint under Section 376 IPC against the complainant herein. Investigation is at a very nascent stage. The petitioner is accused of an offence under Section 328 IPC which permits for imprisonment up to four years.”
No less significant is what is then pointed out in para 11 that, “Charge-sheet qua the petitioner is yet to be filed. The petitioner’s voice sample has to be taken and the investigation has also to be conducted as to whether there are any other cases in which the petitioner is involved and as stated earlier the investigation is at a nascent stage. The petitioner is accused of an offence under Section 328 IPC, which is a serious offence. There is some justification in the contention of the learned APP that the conduct of the petitioner does show that there is a likelihood of her fleeing from justice and that she would not cooperate with the investigation. The probability of the petitioner and the co-accused, Nikhil Bhattal, extending threats to the complainant cannot be ruled out at this stage.”
As a corollary, the Bench then holds in para 12 that, “In view of the above, this Court feels that this is not a fit case where the petitioner should be granted bail in the event of arrest.”
Finally, it is then held in para 13 that, “Accordingly, the petition is dismissed along with the pending applications, if any.”
No doubt, whenever a woman is found to be brazenly indulging in any such act whereby she deliberately and maliciously tries to falsely implicate the men in a fake case, she must be denied anticipatory bail and dealt with most strictly. It is the bounden duty of our law makers to deliberate most seriously on this increasing misuse of penal laws against men and act promptly in this direction by inserting strictest punishment in all such cases when she is found to be falsely indulging in the same for greed of money or some other vested interest! Women is now matching shoulder to shoulder with men in all fields then why should she be given a blank cheque even now also to harass, humiliate and harangue men to the hilt whenever she wants, wherever she wants and whatever manner she wants?
It goes without saying that women also must be made to face the music and suffer jail term as also made to pay a heavy penalty for defaming men and implicating him without any sufficient cause! This is the crying need of the hour also! The earlier this is done, the better it shall be in the larger interests of our country as no women would be able to make a hell of the life of an innocent men as per her own whims and fancies! We all know too very well that how many women blatantly misuse anti-dowry laws against men and so also misuse domestic violence laws apart from other laws enacted for their benefit against men. This must end!
By Sanjeev Sirohi