Anticipatory bail was granted by the Court to acclaimed author and social activist Civic Chandran. He was charged on the grounds of Sexual Harassment, dealt with in Section 354(A) of the Indian Penal Code 1860. The Court has held that the accused would not be attracted if the victim was not dressed in sexually provocative apparel.
The accused, Chandran had submitted a few photographs of the victim along with his plea for bail. Apart from the anticipatory bail granted by Kerala Sessions Court, the writer had earlier this month received another anticipatory bail for a separate sexual harassment case.
The prosecution has claimed that the incident took place when the accused had groped the victim and made unwelcome advances. Both the accused and the victim were on their way back from a camp that had been convened by C. Chandran.
A complaint was lodged by the victim on the 29th of July under Sections 341, 354, and 354(A) of the Indian Penal Code, 1860.
The #Kozhikode Sessions Court granted anticipatory bail to a man in sexual harassment case, saying that the offense did not stand when the complainant was wearing a “sexually provocative” dress.https://t.co/7sEVdY6N2Z— IndiaToday (@IndiaToday) August 17, 2022
The Court has held that Mr. Chandran being a disabled man aged 74 years was not capable of doing the things forcefully of which he has been accused. The honorable court has held that the provisions of Section 354 are unambiguous.
It states that in order to accuse an individual of sexual harassment, they would have to make unwelcome advances with the intention of harming the modesty of the woman in question. There must be a question about demanding sexual favors.
Mr. C. Chandran has questioned the delay in filing the case stating that the accusations made against him were false.