The Bombay High Court Wednesday asked a group of youth, who had approached the court to quash an FIR filed by one of them against the others, to consider visiting jails to ‘understand what they could face if they don’t mend their ways’.
The boys live in Byculla and are related to each other. Earlier in the month, after Friday prayers, some of them got into a verbal altercation with the complainant, leading to a scuffle. The injured youth then filed an FIR with the Byculla police station. According to the petition, the matter was settled after the intervention of elders, leading to the parties approaching the court for quashing of the FIR.
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A bench of Justice V M Kanade and Justice Nutan Sardessai said that litigants who come to court to quash an FIR, even if by mutual consent, must prove they “are really repentant”, and asked the boys if they were willing to perform community service.
The bench said the petitioners should do some “good work, like clean the mosque and also go visit some jails in the state to witness what is the condition inside these jails as this is what they’ll have to face if they don’t mend their ways.”
Justice Kanade asked the petitioners to inform the court if they were up for community service by the next date of hearing.
Just because they had “finally decided on a compromise, the court couldn’t allow their plea,” the bench said, adding that as per published statistical data, many crimes such as assault were committed by those between the age of 17 and 25 and thus, the youth “must be taught a lesson.” The court also said that as per the FIR, the nature of injuries sustained by the injured was “grievous,” in nature.
The bench has asked the petitioners to reply by December 7.