Tamil Nadu Increases Punishment for Crimes Against Women, Children. The Bill, piloted by Minister for Law, Courts and Prisons, C Ve Shanmugam amended the Indian Penal Code in its applicability to Tamil Nadu.
HOLDING HANDS OF MINOR GIRL & OPENING PANTS ZIP NOT ‘SEXUAL ASSAULT’ UNDER POCSO ACT BUT ‘SEXUAL HARASSMENT’ UNDER SECTION 354A IPC : BOMBAY HIGH COURT
The act of holding a minor girl’s hands and opening the zip of pants will not come under the definition of “sexual assault” under the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act 2012. However, the Court held that such acts would amount to “sexual harassment” under Section 354-A(1)(i) of the Indian Penal Code.
18 GIRLS RESCUED FROM CHENNAI ORPHANAGE AFTER DISTRESS CALL ALLEGING SEXUAL ABUSE
A young girl staying at an orphanage in Vyasarpadi in Chennai frantically dialed the Childline number 1098 and got in touch with officials. She immediately narrated the harrowing experience faced by the children, accusing the director and his kin of sexually abusing girls in the orphanage, especially during the pandemic. She told officials about the alleged abuse faced by her and 18 others at the unlicensed orphanage.
GROPING WITHOUT ‘SKIN TO SKIN’ CONTACT IS NOT SEXUAL ASSAULT, RULES BOMBAY HIGH COURT
There must be physical contact — ‘skin-to-skin contact with sexual intent’ — and mere groping would not amount to sexual assault, ruled the Nagpur bench of the Bombay High Court recently. The HC opined that touching a minor’s chest would not amount to sexual assault unless the accused removed the top worn by the girl or slid his hand within her garment.