NEW DELHI: Chief Justice of India
S A Bobde
on Monday said his "
will you marry
her” remark - asking a rape accused whether he will marry the complainant - has been taken out of context and "completely misreported."
The news reports and activists quoted this "will you marry her” remark out of context to create a controversy and tarnish the image of the
, the apex court said.
The statement comes after CJI's remarks during a bail plea hearing last week in which
asked a man accused of rape whether he will marry the complainant. CJI's remarks were widely reported and criticised by some people.
bench headed by CJI S A Bobde said it always has the highest respect for womanhood.
The SC said it had asked the petitioner in the context of the case, whether he will marry the complainant and had not asked him to “go and marry her”.
"The proceedings before the court in that case were completely misreported," said CJI Bobde said.
Solicitor general Tushar Mehta cited section 165 of Evidence Act and said a court is mandated to ask any question to discover facts or for any purpose.
"Will you marry her” was a perfectly valid question in the context of the case, said the solicitor general.