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Man in Hyderabad sexually harassed girl online for rejecting proposal, arrested

Man in Hyderabad sexually harassed girl online for rejecting proposal, arrested: A new case of online sexual harassment has been logged where a 23 year old man has been arrested for apparently cyber stalking as well as sexually harassing his former intermediate classmate on social media.

HIGHLIGHTS

  • The woman had recently blocked him on WhatsApp for sending ‘unscrupulous messages’
  • The man and the woman were classmates
  • The man has been arrested

The police on Sunday said that the man was sexually harassing her online for the reason that she rejected his proposal.

At first, in order to avoid the man, the woman blocked him on WhatsApp for sending ‘unscrupulous messages’ after which he allegedly made a fake facebook account. With the help of the fake facebook account he used to post the photos of her with sex soliciting comments as status and not only this he had also collected some money from some through wallets, police said.

All this started when the man and the woman were classmates in intermediate. The man was in love with her but on the other hand she had not responded to his proposal. Before finally blocking him, she had also deleted his messages on a WhatsApp group of their classmates.

A police release said, ”This is a case of sexual harassment in electronic form by stalking,” In addition it also stated that the man was employed in a private firm. The accused and was arrested on Saturday and the further investigation is going on. In the meantime, the FIR has been logged against the man for sexual harassment.

Sexual harassment in India

Talking about Sexual harassment in India, it is also termed as “Eve teasing” and is described as a kind of harassment practice that relates to a sexual nature as well as the undesirable or unsuitable promise of rewards in exchange for sexual favours. Sexual harassment comprises of a series of actions from mild offenses to sexual abuse or assault. Harassment can take place in a lot of different social settings such as the workplace, the home, school, churches, etc.

In most of the modern legal contexts, sexual harassment is totally illegal. Laws surrounding sexual harassment mostly do not forbid simple teasing, offhand comments, or minor isolated incidents—that is due to the fact that they do not enforce a “general civility code”.

As per to the Indian constitution, sexual harassment infringes the fundamental right of a woman to gender equality under Article 14 as well as her right to life and live with dignity under Article 21.

In the year 1997, the Supreme Court of India in a Public Interest Litigation, defines sexual harassment at workplace, defensive methods and redress mechanism.  The judgment is commonly known as Vishaka Judgment. In April 2013, India passed its own law on sexual harassment in the workplace – The Sexual Harassment of Women at Workplace (Prevention, Prohibition and Redressal) Act, 2013.

Under the Criminal Law (Amendment) Act, 2013 which was presented in order to make some changes to the Indian Penal Code, creating sexual harassment an expressed offense under Section 354 A, which is punishable up to three years of custody and along with fine. The Amendment also presented new sections creating acts like undressing a woman without consent, stalking and sexual acts by person in authority an offense.