High court of Bombay granted Anticipatory bail to a person who was accused of outraging modesty of a woman working with him
The Bombay High Court gives anticipatory bail to a person accused of outraging the modesty of a woman who was working with him in office as an assistant.After examining the facts of the case, Court held that though the offence would definitely fall under the offence of sexual harassment (Section 354A), it is slightly doubtful as to whether it would fall U/s.354 of the IPC.
The decision was given by Justice Sarang V Kotwal who was hearing an anticipatory bail application filed by one Raviraj Gupta. Court noted that the case is solely dependent on the version of the victim. If ultimately it is proved that the allegations are false, and then the applicant will suffer irreparable loss if he is arrested.
The FIR was lodged by the victim herself on September 26, 2020. She has stated in her FIR that, she had joined M/s. RR Associates since September 18, 2020. She was employed as an Office Assistant. On September 25, 2020, she attended her duty at 7:30 am and the applicant came to the office at 11:30 am.
He went out for some time and returned at 2:00 pm. Then, he started discussing some work with the informant. While she was sitting on a chair, the applicant touched her inappropriately. The informant moved away. The applicant again came near her and again touched her inappropriately. The informant got scared. Thus, according to the informant, her modesty was outraged.