Stalking, eve-teasing to be part of new law against sex offenders
Justice (retd) J S Verma committee has been asked to consider the suggestions made by women groups and NGO to bring serious offences such as stalking and eve-teasing in its recommendations. “These are serious offences with which the offender starts. They need to be nipped in the bud. We will recommend strict punishment in these offences. The suggestions were also made by women groups which have been sent to Verma commission,” explained a senior MHA official.
Stalking is commonly defined as unwanted or obsessive attention by an individual or group toward another person. Constantly harassing through phone calls, SMS or emails can also be described as stalking. Presently, the Delhi Police book offender of stalking or eve-teasing under sections 354 (molestation) and 509 (words, gestures or act intended to insult the modesty of women) of the IPC where maximum punishment is two years and one years, respectively. Under both sections, the offence is bailable.
According to the MHA, while reconsidering the offence of stalking, the decision to make such offences non-bailable will be proposed along with enhancement of punishment with fine. “We have come across several cases of stalking where the
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