Hurt yourself to prove case against wife, HC tells lawyer

Utkarsh Anand
New Delhi An assault case filed by a woman against her lawyer husband took an intriguing turn on Tuesday when the Delhi High Court asked him to hurt himself to prove that the woman had self-inflicted injuries on her face. The lawyer landed in the unusual situation after he vehemently argued that he could establish that his wife had hurt herself to frame him.
Unwilling to give in to his argument easily, Justice S N Dhingra asked advocate Arjun to prove the same by inflicting injuries on his face and then obtaining a medical record from a government hospital. The court would then match the records with that of his wife and if his contentions were found right, the court would consider his bail application on June 21.

Interestingly, the Station House Officer of the Prashant Vihar police station has been directed to videograph the whole episode of the lawyer hurting himself whenever he presents himself before the officer.

After his wife lodged an FIR for assaulting her and breaching her trust, Arjun had rushed to a Rohini sessions court to obtain protection against the arrest. The trial court judge, however, dismissed his application, prompting him to move the High Court and file an anticipatory bail plea.

When the matter came up for hearing on Tuesday, the counsel appearing for Arjun vehemently argued that all the bruises on the woman’s face were inflicted by herself and she, in fact, used to beat him up at times.

The prosecution, however, produced the medical report (MLC) and said the records made it clear that the wife was badly beaten up by the lawyer.

At this, Arjun’s counsel claimed that he could hurt himself to prove that such injuries could be self-inflicted. Justice Dhingra then directed Arjun to do exactly the same before the SHO and prove it.

“SHO Inspector Sudhir Kumar shall be informed by the petitioner before he starts inflicting these kind of injuries on himself and the officer shall prepare a video of the injuries so inflicted by him. After this, the Inspector will take him to a hospital for opinion. If he is able to show that the injuries as shown by his wife’s medical report can be self-inflicted on the same part of the body, then the court shall consider his application on June 21,” the judge ordered.

Arjun, who practises in Rohini Courts, got married to the complainant in April 2007. A girl was born out of the wedlock in September 2009. The couple, however, had frequent fights. After one such fight on October 14, the wife got an FIR registered against the lawyer

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