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Man sentenced to One year imprisonment for outraging modesty of Girl

UDHAMPUR: Munsiff Judicial Magistrate first class Chenani, Shafeeq Ahmed today awarded one year simple imprisonment and fine of Rs 3000 to a tea stall owner, who was facing trial for outraging modesty of a girl.

According to prosecution case, on April 18, .2016 complainant namely Rafaida moved a written complaint to SHO Police Station Chenani alleging therein that on the same day at about 05 pm she sent her cousin sister namely Samreen Banoo to Karyana shop to buy some groceries and when she was coming back a tea stall owner Puran Sharma caught hold her from shirt and arms and outrage her modesty at his shop.

On the complaint, Puran Sharma Resident of Karrian Chenani was booked under section 354R RPC and investigation was started.

After hearing additional Public Prosecutor Shallni Gupta and counsel for the accused, the Judge observed that the Crime against Women, in whatever form, is a social evil and if perpetrators of such crime are dealt leniently then it would not only encourage further escalation of crime but will become difficult to check or arrest the perpetrators of those crimes . "So, it is not a case where the benefit of probation of offenders act can be granted to the convict".

With these observations, the court awarded one year simple imprisonment to the accused under Section 354 RPC and a fine of Rs 3000. In default of payment, the accused shall undergo simple imprisonment for a period of one month.

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