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Mumbai Man Jailed For Harassing Teen, Court Says “Derogatory”


'Kya Item...': Mumbai man jailed for molesting teenagers, Court says 'insulting'

The man often harassed the girl; She went to the police after an incident in 2015. (Picture)

Mumbai:

A local court sentenced a man to a year and a half in prison for sexually harassing a 15-year-old girl by calling her “item”.

“Not related in any way and not of any kind, that is completely inappropriate for [man] acted the way he did… addressed her using the term ‘item’ … often used by guys to address girls in a derogatory way because it’s objectionable them in a sexual manner”, the court stated, refusing to give a lighter punishment, that is probation with the promise of good behaviorfor entrepreneurs from the Sakinaka area of ​​the megacity.

“Using the term ‘item’ to address any girl is clearly offensive in nature,” Borivali judge SJ Ansari in his ruling on October 20, in the seven-year-old case .

Although the man, Abrar Noor Mohammad Khan, and his friends allegedly harassed her regularly, the girl and her parents went to the police after an incident on July 14, 2015.

“Around 1:30 pm, the girl went to school to go to work. When she came back around 2:10 p.m. and walked across a lane… [Khan] who was sitting with his friends in the alley came up behind her, pulled her hair and said ‘kya item kidhar ja rahi ho’“The prosecutor said in court.

Khan claimed – without any evidence later provided – that he was friends with the girl, which her parents falsely claimed because they didn’t like them being friends.

The prosecution demanded “a sentence sufficient to send an appropriate message to society at large”, and especially to those who “make girls’ lives miserable, by teasing and inappropriately touching them while they were on the street.”

While acquitting him of graver and several related charges, the court sentenced him to one and a half years in prison under Section 354 of the Indian Penal Code for sexual harassment and a similar sentence. under the Child Protection from Sexual Offenses Act. Both sentences will be applied in tandem, so he will only serve 18 months in prison. He was detained for about 4 months after his arrest, which will be deducted from this amount.

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