SC Stays Bombay HC's Order Which Stated Groping Breast Without Touching Skin Isn't Sexual Offence
The Supreme Court of India has stayed the Bombay High Court's controversial order that acquitted a man from sexual offences.
The Nagpur bench of the Bombay HC had on, 19th January last, stated that fondling the breast of a minor without 'skin to skin contact' cannot be termed as sexual assault under the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act.
The order was severely criticized by child right activists terming it
as “absolutely unacceptable, outrageous and obnoxious.”
The chairperson of the National Commission for Protection of Child Rights had, in a letter to the Maharashtra chief secretary, urged the state to review the verdict and even challenge it.
A bench comprising Chief Justice of India, SA Bobde and Justices AS Bopanna and V Ramasubramanian stayed the order after Attorney General (AG) KK Venugopal reportedly called it “unprecedented” and “is likely to set a dangerous precedent.”
The apex court has permitted the AG to file an appeal against this order of the Nagpur bench of the Bombay HC and has also issued a notice to the Maharashtra government.
- Supreme Court of India
- Bombay High Court
- sexual offence
- Touching Skin Isn't Sexual Offence
- Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act
- POCSO Act
- National Commission for Protection of Child Rights
- India News