British rape victim to get protection

New Delhi, July 8 (Calcutta Tube) The Supreme court Thursday directed the Rajasthan government to provide security to a British rape victim when she visits the state in connection with her case.

However, the court dismissed her plea for the transfer of the case from the Jodhpur High Court to Delhi High Court.

The apex court bench of Justice Markandey Katju and Justice T.S. Thakur also said that the appeal by the accused, Parbat Singh alias Rana, before the Jodhpur High Court would be heard by a bench other than the one that granted him the bail.

Parbat Singh was tried by a fast track court of Udaipur which convicted him and sentenced him to life imprisonment.

On the night of Dec 23, 2007, Parbat Singh raped the victim at his Pardeshi Guest House where she was staying.

The Rajasthan High Court suspended the sentence of Parbat Singh and released him on bail July 29, 2008.

However, the apex court by its Jan 16, 2009 order cancelled his bail and directed the Rajasthan government to arrest him.

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