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CJI Bobde says court has highest respect for women, 'marry rape victim’ comment misreported

CJI Bobde says court has highest respect for women, 'marry rape victim’ comment misreported
Chief Justice of India, Sharad A Bobde, on Monday said that the comments made by him during hearing in a rape case were completely ‘misreported’.
"We (had) asked are you going to marry? We didn't order (him to) 'marry'," the bench headed by CJI said. It also said the reputation of the judiciary is in the hands of its lawyers.
The observations by the bench were made while it was hearing another case that of a 14-year-old pregnant rape survivor seeking permission to abort the foetus of almost 26 weeks. In the proceedings conducted through video conferencing, it referred to a provision of the Evidence Act and said the query was posed in the context of the records, but the issue was completely misreported.
It was earlier stated that the apex court's query asking a rape accused whether he would marry the victim was based on 'judicial records' containing an undertaking from the man that he would marry the minor girl, a relative, after she turns 18 years of age.
Referring to the earlier case, the bench said on Monday, "We do not remember any case of marital rape was before us . We have the highest respect for women."
The Bar Council of India had backed the Supreme Court and asked activists who had written to the CJI to withdraw his remarks to not "scandalise" the highest judiciary and take "political mileage" of its proceedings.
(With inputs from PTI)
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