Hearing a petition filed by a 78-year old woman accused of molesting another woman, the Bombay High Court Monday asked the prosecution and the petitioner to find out if a woman can be booked under such a charge. The court also directed them to check laws of other countries and see if there was provision for punishment against women under it.
In her petition, Vimlabai Shah (78) petition from Borivali (W), has alleged that on February 27, 2010, she was booked under Section 354 (molestation) along with other members of her family after one Prabha Jain (55) registered a complaint.
The petitioner also alleged that inspector N M More, attached with the Borivali police station, had colluded with people who wanted to settle scores with her and her family.
According to Shah, More filed the chargesheet just a day after registering the FIR against her. She said Jain had registered the complaint with the police in order to pressure her to withdraw an earlier complaint of assault she had filed against her and others. Shah’s family even shot off letters to the then police commissioner and state Human Rights Commission “regarding illegal harassment faced at the hands More” on March 14, 2010.
“She (Shah) is aged about 78 years and is also bedridden. How could a senior citizen, that too a woman, be accused of molestation?” the petition said.