New Delhi: The re-examination of the woman, allegedly raped by a driver of Uber cab service provider, continued for the third day on Monday in a Delhi court with her father complaining that his daughter was being made to relive the incident again and again which is proving tough for her.
“The defence counsel is asking irrelevant questions to my daughter. She is being harassed and traumatised by such questions. She is made to relive the incident again and again. It is very tough for her,” father of the victim, who stood next to him, told waiting mediapersons outside the court room.
The father vent his anger and frustration after his daughter came out of the in-camera proceedings.
The proceedings in the trial court continued even as the Supreme Court today decided to hear tomorrow the woman’s appeal against the Delhi High Court’s March 4 order allowing the accused to recall 13 witnesses including her.
The 25-year-old woman, while being cross-examined by Shiv Kumar Yadav’s counsel, told Additional Sessions Judge Kaveri Baweja that the advocate was asking irrelevant questions and she was traumatised and was forced to relive the ghastly incident, the sources said.
The statement was recorded in the presence of the judge and only the victim, accused, prosecutor and defence counsel were present in the court room.
Her cross examination remained inconclusive and is likely to continue tomorrow.
Meanwhile, advocate D K Mishra, appearing for Yadav, moved a plea seeking court’s direction to start the proceedings of the case in the morning session to provide sufficient time for conducting the trial on a day-to-day basis in compliance with the high court order.
Currently, the proceedings in the case are conducted in post-lunch session.
The advocate claimed that an impression is being given in the orders of the court and by the prosecutor that he was delaying the trial without any meaningful cross examination and thereby traumatising the victim which was incorrect. The application is still pending.
The court, which was earlier hearing final arguments in the case, had again summoned the woman in compliance with the Delhi High Court order that was passed on an appeal filed by Yadav seeking to recall all the 28 prosecution witnesses to cross-examine them again in the case.
The high court, however, had allowed 32-year-old Yadav to recall 13 prosecution witnesses including the victim, doctors, forensic expert and investigating officer of the case.
According to the prosecution, the incident took place on the night of December 5 last year when the victim, a finance executive working in Gurgaon, was heading back home.
Police said the woman had taken the taxi from Vasant Vihar to return to her house in Inderlok area of North Delhi and the accused, who took another route, allegedly raped her. Yadav was arrested on December 7, 2014 from Mathura.
In her statement recorded before the court earlier, the woman had identified Yadav as the one who had raped her.
The court has framed charges against Yadav under IPC for alleged offences of endangering a woman’s life while raping her, abducting with an intent to compel her for marriage and criminally intimidating and causing hurt.
The court had also recorded the testimony of the accused in which he termed the charge against him as “false”.
If convicted in the case, Yadav faces a maximum of life imprisonment as punishment.