British student Natasha Uttamsingh, 22, has been found guilty of lying about being raped by her boyfriend and sentenced to jail for 15 months. We have previously discussed how false rape accounts are often not punished (as in the case of the infamous Duke Lacrosse rape case) or lightly punished. There has been a variation of sentences for false rape charges but they vary greatly, including just a few weekends in jail. (here; here; here; here; here; here; here; here; and here).
Uttamsingh, 22, falsely claimed that she was beaten and strangled by her ex-boyfriend Aakash Andrews after he broke up with her. She reportedly first told him that she was pregnant but then created an elaborate lie that he had raped her, including false text messages. She also made a false call to the police under an assumed name.
Her lies resulted in the granting of a non-molestation order against him. However, her undoing proved to be a text purportedly from Andrews where he admitted to raping her. The police determined that the text was sent when he could not have had possession of the phone and that she had sent the message to herself to create incriminating evidence. She also altered medical evidence to support her claims.
Her lawyer claimed that the actress had a personality disorder and that any jail time would interfere with her plans to become a midwife — a somewhat conflicted argument that the court should not convict her because she is not responsible while arguing that she is on a career track to help deliver babies.
Given the effort to send away Andrews as a rapist and particularly the detailed and premeditated effort to frame him, a year in prison may be viewed as a bit light. This was not a single police call but an effort involving falsified evidence over a significant period of time.