A woman in India can slap a man in full public view 22-times, yet not get jailed, but a man was sentenced to jail for pulling a woman’s hand that amounted to outraging her modesty.
A magistrate court in Mumbai sentenced a man to one year jail observing that the act of holding a woman’s hand and pulling it close amounts to outraging her modesty. The incident had taken place in 2014.
28-year-old man had pulled his ex-girlfriend’s hand close to him almost a decade ago. He is currently married with another woman and also has a child.
However, sentencing him for attacking his former girlfriend, the court categorically stated that the defence of a previous love affair did not entitle the man to behave in that way, reported TOI.
The accused had sought leniency on the grounds that he is now married and has a two-year-old child. Thus, the court said given the accused is married and since the occurrence of the incident in 2014, seven years have lapsed, it is not justified to impose severe punishment.
The accused was also fined Rs 5,000.
Metropolitan Magistrate Kranti M Pingle expressed,
It is pertinent to note here that the offence alleged is against a woman and nobody dares to commit such an act or offence in a public place. Hence, non-availability of an eyewitness will not be fatal to the prosecution case.
The court refused to let off the accused go on the bond of good behaviour under the Probation of Offenders Act. Quoting a High Court judgement, the Magistrate observed that an accused convicted of such an offence cannot be released on probation keeping in view the grave transgression, that is outraging the modesty of the woman in this case. In the order, the High Court judgement had stated,
It would not only encourage further escalation of the crime but would also become difficult to check or arrest the preparation of those crimes and imperil the modesty of several innocent women. Under these circumstances, the court has to be circumspect in extending the beneficial provision to the offences committed on the weaker section, viz women.
The magistrate, citing the above judgment, said it can’t grant the accused the benefit of the probation.
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Mumbai Court Sentences Man To One Year Jail For Pulling Ex-Girlfriend's Hand in 2014
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