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Sunil Paraskar's counsel completes arguments, prosecution to start today

Thursday, 7 August 2014 - 7:40am IST | Agency: dna

"You have been a wonderful sister and loving daughter," reads one of the e-mails sent by IPS officer Sunil Paraskar to the model after the date she was allegedly raped. "If a woman claims she has been raped by some man and if the same man, in an e-mail, addresses the victim as sister and daughter, why did she not snap back at him asking him not to build any kind of relation with her?" questioned advocate Rizwan Merchant, Paraskar's counsel, while arguing on the grant of anticipatory bail to his client before the special women's court on Wednesday.

The advocate further argued that the victim, who claims that she was severely depressed because of the officer's conduct, was highly active while posting comments about her shoots and assignments on social networking sites even after she was allegedly molested and raped by the officer.

Merchant, while arguing before the court presided over by judge Vrushali Joshi, said the defence has collected enough evidence against the victim, which would prove that even after the day she claimed the officer raped her, she was very active on social networking sites.

"The victim has publicly revealed several personal details, such as important developments on her assignments, pictures of herself, as well as her party plans, on a social networking site. After looking at these updates, how can one say that she was under mental trauma and was facing embarrassment and humiliation because she was raped by the officer?" asked Merchant.

He also said the victim's act was nothing but a "publicity stunt". "Even if the two had sex, it is clear from the victim's attitude, which can be seen on social networking sites, that it was mutual and that the entire case has been registered just to seek vengeance from my client," Merchant added.

After Merchant completed his arguments, the court adjourned the prosecution's arguments to Thursday.

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