A convicted rapist walked out of an Indian High Court a free man after his appeal was allowed on the grounds that the sexual relationship was consensual, reported Tamil Nesan.
Manikandan was originally sentenced to 10 years' jail on a charge of raping a Salem-based woman. However, upon his appeal, the Madurai High Court in Tamil Nadu reduced the jail term to eight months, which he had already served before he posted bail.
The facts of the case showed that a few years ago, Manikandan had a relationship with the 21-year-old woman. However, he later ditched her, questioning her character.
Acting on a complaint from the woman, the Sessions Court judge in Salem had convicted Manikandan in August 2013 of rape and sentenced him to 10 years' jail in addition to a fine of Rs5,000 (S$100).