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What is the definition of eve-teasing as per Indian Penal Code?

Date: 12 Sep 2016    Group: Lawyers    Category: Indian Law   

Nowadays, many cases of eve-teasing are reported in the media. Is eve-teasing a punishable offence as per India law and what is the definition of eve-teasing as per Indian Penal Code? Under what sections of Indian laws cases can be registered in such cases?
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Author: NK SHARMA    12 Sep 2016      Member Level: Gold     Points : 4  (Rs 4)    Voting Score: 0

The eve-teasing is unwanted sexual remarks or advances by a man/boy to a woman/girl in a public place. AS per IPC the definitions are below-
section 354 IPC-- offences involving force intended to outrage the "modesty" of a woman/girl in public place. Such acts comprise using force against the will of the woman , the intention to outrage her modesty.
Criminal law amendment law 2013 provides the following sections.
354A, 354B. 354C, 354D. for eve-teasing.
354A -Sexual harassment of the nature of unwelcome physical contact and advances or demand or request for sexual favors, showing pornography imprisonment which may extent to 3 years or with fine or with both.
354B- Assault or use of criminal force to women with intent to disrobe Imprisonment not less than three years but which may extend to seven years and with fine.
354C -Voyeurism -Imprisonment not less than one year, but which may extend to 3years, and with fine for conviction. Imprisonment not less than 3years, but which may extend to 7 years,and with fine for second and subsequent conviction.
354D Stalking- Imprisonment up to 3 years with fine for 1st conviction.
Section 509 IPC--It includes verbal insults, sounds and gestures that are sexually colored and are intended to harass a woman/girl.
Punishment for eve teasing is 1-7 years of jail/ jail with fine.

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Author: Reena Upadhya    14 Sep 2016      Member Level: Silver     Points : 3  (Rs 3)    Voting Score: 0

Yes, eve teasing is a punishable offense as per Indian law.

Eve teasing as per Indian law is an act or remark or action, an attitude or behavior of a person like verbal insults, gestures and sounds that are sexually colored.
It also includes following acts:-
- Force which is used to outrage modesty of a person,
- Making physical contact which are offensive and unwelcoming in nature.
- Unwelcoming vocal or physical comments of sexual nature.
- Showing porn forcefully.
- Disrobing a person.
- Voyeurism.

Cases against eve teasing:-
- Section 354- Force used to outrage a person.
- Section 509- Vocal insults or sounds to sexually harass a person.
- Section 354A- Sexual harassment.
- Section 354B- Force used to disrobe a person.
- Section 354C- For voyeurism.
- Section 354D- Stalking or contacting a person despite unwelcoming response.

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