"Rape is an offence against the society and there is no scope for comprise," the judges said while hearing the case of a man who was sentenced to 10 years for a gangrape in Haryana.
The woman who was assaulted said that she is now married and has children. She said she is leading a normal life and therefore the convict should be released early from jail.
The convict has so far completed three years in jail.
"The compromise can't be believed because there is every chance that the victim may have been pressured by the convict," the judges said.
The apex court also directed the lower courts to not be "soft".
This comes in after a 22-year-old photojournalist was raped by five men last Thursday evening in south Mumbai.
The incident brought back the memories of the Dec 16 fatal gangrape in New Delhi.
On Dec 16, six people gangraped and brutalised the 23-year-old Jyoti Sharma with an iron rod on a moving bus in New Delhi. The victim succumbed to her injuries at a Singapore hospital on Dec 29.
The incident triggered nationwide outrage against rising cases of crime against women in India with people pouring into the streets of New Delhi for days and demanding a change of law and strict punishment of the accused.
--IBNS (Posted on 27-08-2013)