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SCOT FACES RAPE RAP OVER WEDDING 'CON' Gym boss arrested in India after love split.

Byline: ANNIE BROWN a.brown@dailyrecord.co.uk

A SCOTTISH fitness guru has been arrested for an alleged rape in India.

Crispin Lamont, 40, from Perth, is in custody, accused of breaking Indian law by tricking a woman into sex on the pretext of marriage.

The alleged victim claims Lamont met her on Facebook and had sex with her for five months after he promised to marry her.

In India, a man can be jailed for rape if a woman consented to sex under false assurances that he planned to wed. Last year, a man was jailed for 10 years for the crime, after a Delhi court ruled he had ruined the victim "physically and psychologically".

After Lamont left the 30-year-old events manager, she reported him to police, who arrested and charged him with rape.

Lamont, who is the chief executive of a gym chain in Delhi, has been in India for a decade.

He claims he was an officer in the British Army and later built fitness clubs for Arabian and European royalty and Russian oligarchs.

He also says he was a karate champion and represented the UK in the downhill slalom.

Lamont also claims to be in the Guinness Book of World Records for fitness spinning.

He has a doctorate in "exercise science" from the University of Florida.

In interviews, he said he wants to work with school children to encourage sport in poor areas.

The law which deems sex under false assurances as rape has been a source of debate in India, with opponents claiming it trivialises the realities of a crime that has led to the deaths of women.

Some believe the law is being used to morally police couples in a country where women are expected to live "pure" lives, while real rape is being ignored.

Rape is the fourth most common crime against women in India.

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Date:Feb 15, 2016
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