Mumbai: The Bombay High Court has ruled that Kissing, Fondling is not an unnatural offense during the sexual harassment case.
The court granted bail to a man accused of sexually harassing a 14-year-old boy under Section 377 of the Indian Penal Code, saying that kissing and falling in love were not unnatural offenses.
Bombay High Court verdict on Kissing & Fondling
Bombay High Court Judge Anuja Prabhudesai, who delivered the judgment in the case, said, “The victim’s confession and first information report (FIR) stated that the victim had touched the boy’s private parts and kissed him on the lips. ”
In my view, kissing is not a serious offense under Section 377 of the Indian Penal Code. said.
Petition filed by the victim boy’s father
The first information report recorded in the case states that the boy’s father did not find the money he had in his cupboard and when inquired about it, his minor son told them that he had given money to the accused to recharge the online game.
The boy then told his father that the man had once kissed him and touched his genitals.
Action under the POCSO Act
The father of the victim boy approached the police and registered an FIR under Section 377 of the POCSO Act.
However, Judge Prabhu Desai said the boy’s medical examination did not confirm the sexual abuse. The judge said the accused had already been in custody for a year and would be granted bail.
The court ordered the accused to post bail of Rs 30,000.