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HC tells govt to make molestation non-bailable

Saturday, 5 January 2013 - 8:22am IST | Place: Mumbai | Agency: dna
The Bombay high court on Friday suggested a baby step to making the streets safer for women. It directed the Maharashtra government to make the offence of molestation non-bailable instead of waiting for Parliament to make amendments to the law.

The Bombay high court on Friday suggested a baby step to making the streets safer for women. It directed the Maharashtra government to make the offence of molestation non-bailable instead of waiting for Parliament to make amendments to the law.

“Maharashtra is a progressive state and it should consider amending laws related to molestation of women and ensure [that] the offence is made non-bailable without waiting for Parliament to do it,” said a division bench comprising chief justice Mohit Shah and justice Anoop Mohta while hearing a public interest litigation filed by Help Mumbai Foundation.

The organisation had sought amendments in sections 354, 506 and 509 of the Indian Penal Code , which deal with molestation and criminal intimidation, and the Criminal Procedure Code, as well as ensuring better law enforcement to give women in Mumbai a sense of security.

Pointing out that there is already such a precedence, the court said, “The state of Tamil Nadu has made amendments in the law on eve-teasing; Maharashtra can do it too.”

“There has to be a law; offenders need to be arrested and only then will they be deterred. Merely deploying policemen on the roads won’t resolve the issue. At present, offenders are released on a small bail; this makes them carefree.”

The HC posted the next hearing for January 17.




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