Offences Relating To Women In India



    -By Vasundhara Kaushik


    As Swami Vivekananda had said “That country and that nation that do not respect women have never become great, nor ever be in future”. Ladies are considered as a weaker sex from physical perspective as well as from sociological and psychological angle too. When we allude to smritis, we see that a woman has dependably been reliant on man. Amid child hood, on her dad, after marriage on her better half, and amid her seniority on her child. Anyway, in time long past occasions we discover sayings like "Where ladies are respected there Gods live" Mahatma Gandhi once observed.[[1]]

    Ladies have been delineated in the most decent and aesthetic way from one perspective, on the other they have likewise been a casualty of foul, disgusting and vulgar portrayals. This differentiation is hard to adjust particularly where ladies are treated as merchandise to advance deals. The terms disgusting, indecent, vulgar or obscene are hard to characterize as they are unpredictably connected to the ethical qualities in a general society. The trial or test of indecency is whether the inclination of the issue, accused of vulgarity and obscenity, is to debase and corrupt those entire personalities are available to such corrupt impact and into whose hands a publication of this sort may fall, on the off chance that it does, the issue falls inside the domain of foulness.

    Outraging the Modesty of a Woman

    Section 354 of the Indian Penal Code provides for outraging the modesty According to this section ―whoever assaults or uses criminal force on any women, intending to outrage or knowing it to be likely that he will thereby, outrage her modesty, shall be punished with imprisonment or either description for a term which may extend to two years, or with fine, or with both. In Andhara Pradesh, the punishment shall not be less than five years but which may extend to seven years and shall also be liable to fine.

    A Lady's modesty is her sex[[2]] whoever utilizes criminal power with a goal to shock it or outrage it perpetuates or commits an offense under section 354 IPC.[[3]]

    Modesty is the nature of being modest which implies, as respects with the ladies, not really bad in manners and conduct, circumspectly modest, decreasing from obscenity. Fairness implies respectability of conduct, what is required by great taste or delicacy, evasion of disgusting language and motion and of undue and unnecessary exposure or presentation of an individual, and with some respect.

    In State of Kerala V. Hamsu[[4]] held that the accused who allured the prosecution by winking his eyes out in the open and seized her arm was blameworthy of outraging her modesty and can be punished as the need be. Indeed, even motions when they are made with the goal of insulting the unobtrusiveness of a lady pull in section 354 of the IPC. In State V, Hetram[[5]] a young lady of around 15 years old was originating from her mother's place. The accused, all of a sudden showed up from a path he hauled her towards the opposite side of the path and took her to a secluded area, it was held adequate to book the denounced under Sec 354 IPC.

    IN Jagmal Singh V. State[[6]] the court held that since the intention of the guilty party couldn't be demonstrated it was held that the appellant was wrongly indicted, so on bid the conviction was put aside except if the culpable intention is demonstrated, merely touching the stomach of a lady in an open transport cannot be known as a conscious demonstration of shocking the modesty of a lady inside the significance of this section.

    Alluding to the Age of unfortunate victim the Rajasthan High Court in State V. Vijay Singh[[7]] it was held that section 10 IPC precludes any thought of the age of the injured individual for the assurance of the guilt of the denounced.

    In State of Punjab V. Major Singh[[8]] a female offspring of seven and half months was viewed as a lady under section 354 of IPC. The accused had strolled into the room where the kid was resting and submitted an obscene assault on her. He was held to have committed the offense, under this section as he had insulted and expected to shock, whatever modesty the little-injured individual was at culpable of.

    In the event that the lady is a consenting party there can't be any shocking of her modesty[[9]] when any demonstration or conduct, forbidden under these sections is done to a lady or is done in her presence, independent of the way that she had sufficiently grown comprehension to welcome the idea of the act, or to understand that it is hostile to better than average female conduct or feeling of respectability, it is a crime.


    Whoever screens or monitors the utilization by an individual of the web, email or some other type of electronic correspondence that outcomes in dread of fear or brutality, or meddles with the psychological tranquillity of such individual, commits the offense of stalking. Stalking is a fanatical conduct of a person towards another where the previous ceaselessly pursues and spies on the last mentioned. It is constantly connected with badgering and torment by an individual who fanatically seeks after somebody.

    Regardless of the amount Bollywood films romanticize stalking, it's anything but a sentimental signal that at last prompts a cheerfully ever-after! Stalking is frequently expelled as an innocuous and blameless act, yet it is a disturbing and nerve racking for the person in question. The unfortunate victim at last needs to tolerate the snort, move to a better place, change employment, and in some cases even their character to dodge the stalker.

    The Criminal Law (Amendment) Act, 2013 changed the Indian Penal Code and embedded 'stalking' as a crime under Section 354D(1)(1). Under the arrangement, stalking is characterized as 'an act where any man more than once pursues and contacts a lady to encourage individual cooperation regardless of a reasonable sign of interest by such lady.'

    Despite the fact that the Act has made stalking a wrongdoing now, it has been censured for its provisos and absence of a cognizant definition. There is an apparent assumption that ladies don't stalk as it possibly shields ladies from stalking when the stalker is a man. Sexual orientation inclination is one of the greatest lacunas of Indian criminal laws, and laws on stalking keep on intimating this.

    Stalking isn't constrained to physical stalking any longer and has shapeshifted into cyberstalking. With regards to virtual or internet stalking, general surveys have demonstrated that female sex involves an extensive area of online stalkers when contrasted with their male partners. There are no laws to convict these stalkers because of the insufficiency in laws.


    Voyeurism is the act of keeping an eye on individuals who are occupied with a type of a personal conduct, for example, sexual activity, demonstration of uncovering or some other sort of act, which is viewed as of a private sort. Voyeurism has as of late been announced a criminal act by the Criminal Law (Amendment) Act, 2013. Presently Section 354C of the IPC condemns Voyeurism and sets down very detailed disciplines for individuals occupied with the demonstration of Voyeurism. A man who is being indicted for Voyeurism for the first time in his life, is punishable for a term, at the very least one year and reaching out to 3 years, alongside fine. On the off chance that he is sentenced for the second time, his detainment stretches out from least 3 years to 7 years. Presently separated from this fundamental thought on voyeurism, it is vital for ladies to comprehend that there are various manners by which this demonstration can be engendered against them, hence making it vital for them to know every single type of this act or conduct to most likely battle it.

    There are so often that we know about occurrences where individuals misuse data given to them in security by another person. Does my accomplice have trading off pictures that I sent through Whatsapp? What can the individual in question do with that image? Individuals near you may likewise pinpoint various blames in your very own conduct. Be that as it may, trust me, you are not to blame. Despite how it came to fruition, it's not possible for anyone to demolish your life (what many individuals will let you know may occur if such photos are circulated) with the press of a button. These photos/recordings could have been taken either against your assent or with your assent. Be that as it may, nearly no one would agree to the appropriation of these photographs. The conveyance of these photographs/recordings, whatever may be their source, is a criminal offense under Section 354C of the IPC. Another new type of criminal action that is on an ascent is revenge pornography. It is viewed as a subset of voyeurism. It is freely sharing explicitly unequivocal media online without the assent of the person who was envisioned. It is generally transferred by ex-accomplices with a goal to disgrace the imagined individual or to extort the envisioned individual for cash, drugs or liquor consequently. There is no specific arrangement that condemns vengeance or revenge pornography offenses, be that as it may, the 2008 amendment to the Information Technology Act, 2000 or the IT Act, 2000 has embedded a few areas which can be utilized for making a move against a culprit of any sort of online retribution pornography.

    Acid attack

    Section 326 A of Indian penal Code says that – Whoever causes permanent or partial damage or deformity to, or bums or maims or disfigures or disables, any part or parts of the body of a person or causes grievous hurt by throwing acid on or by administering acid to that person, or by using any other means with the intention of causing or with the knowledge that he is likely to cause such injury or hurt, shall be punished with imprisonment of either description for a term which shall not be less than ten years but which may extend to imprisonment for life, and with fine;
    Provided that such fine shall be just and reasonable to meet the medical expenses of the treatment of the victim.

    Section 326B of Indian Penal Code states that Whoever tosses or endeavours to toss corrosive on any individual or attempts to direct corrosive to any individual, attempts to utilize some other means, with the aim of causing changeless or incomplete harm or distortion or consumes or damaging or deformation or inability or horrifying hurt to that individual, might be rebuffed with the detainment of either depiction for a term which should not be under five years but rather which may broaden seven years, and should likewise subject to fine.
    The acid attack punishment is minimum 10 years of detainment. It can reach out up to life detainment with a fine.The punishment for a violation of section 326B is 5 years detainment. It can stretch out up to 7 years detainment with a fine.

    Section 326A of the Indian Penal Code characterizes "Acid" as any substance which has an acidic or dangerous character or expending nature that is prepared for causing significant harm prompting scars or bending or brief or ceaseless inadequacy.
    In spite of the fact that acid attack or assault is a wrongdoing which can be committed against any man or lady, it has a particular sexual orientation measurement in India. A large portion of the reported acid assaults has been committed on ladies, especially young ladies for spurning suitors, for dismissing the proposition of marriage, for denying settlement and so on. The aggressor can't endure the way that he has been rejected as look to demolish the body of the ladies who have set out to face him.

    The height and limit of mercilessness in acid assault cases is more than that in the instances of Rape. Rape is considered as devastating the very soul of the person in question, however and, after its all said and done in the event that she is kept at a protected spot she can live without revealing her personality; yet on account of an acid assault, they [the victims] need to move around with their bodies.

    Laxmi v. Association of India.[[11]] This is a milestone case, for this situation, the appeal recorded by the Laxmi (Acid Victim). For this case, Apex Court issued the course for the control of acid to the State and UT. The court additionally tended to the issue of compensation. The Apex Court held that Section 357A[[12]] this section accommodates the readiness of a plan for giving assets to the reason for pay to the person in question or his wards who have endured misfortune or damage because of wrongdoing and who require recovery. The Apex Court directed that the acid assaults unfortunate victims will be paid remuneration of at any rate Rs. 3 Lakh by the concerned State Government/UT as the aftercare and restoration cost.
    Yet, in all actuality, no state has set acid attack victims remuneration to conspire and the compensation extending is from 25,000 to 3Lakh rely on the state to state which isn't adequate for the injured individual in light of the fact that the acid assault victim will have to experience a few plastic wounds in his/her entire life.

    (Preeti Rathi Case) State of Maharashtra v. Ankrur Panwar[[13]] in the first such request in an acid assault in Maharashtra an uncommon ladies' Court here condemned Ankur Panwar to death. The accused was sentenced for the charge of tossing acid on Preeti Rathi at Bandra station in 2013 after she chose to pursue her nursing vocation, declining his proposition for marriage. Special Judge Anju S. Shende said "As indicated by the moderating and exasperating conditions, the certainties of the case and the ongoing acid assault decisions by the Supreme Court, the denounced to death.


    Thus, in today’s technologically advanced world, it has become increasingly important for women to be extremely vigilant of their rights. So if tomorrow you find yourself in such a situation, don’t be ashamed or afraid. Don’t let your perpetrator take advantage of your silence or lack of knowledge of the law. Always remember that there are several layers of protection available in the society to ensure your safety and well-being.


    1) Gaur KD, ‘A Textbook on Indian Penal Code’, Universal Law Publishing Co.: Lucknow; 2011.
    2) 1975 Cr.L.J. (Cut.) 236.
    3) State of Punjab V. Major Singh AIR 1967 Sc. 67.
    4) 1988 (2) Crimes 161.
    5) 1982 Cr L.J. (Raj) 522.
    6) 1980 Cr L.J 9 (Raj.) 446.
    7) 297 (Raj) Cr C (297).
    8) AIR 1967 SC 63.
    9) Sadanand 1972 Cr LJ 65A (Assam).
    10) Proposal for the inclusion of acid attacks as specific offences in the Indian Penal Code and a law for compensation for victims of crimes, Law Commission of India,2008 at p.3.
    11) Laxmi v. Union of India, 2014 4 SCC 427.
    12) Inserted in the Code of Criminal Procedure,1973 by Act 5 of 2009.
    13) State of Maharashtra v. AnkrurPanwar, 2016.


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