Sexual Harassment Over Facebook_ Uttarakhand HC directs accused to plant 50 timber as situation for quashing case

On July 19, the Uttarakhand Excessive Courtroom directed a person accused of sexually harassing a girl over Fb to plant 50 timber, at his personal value, as a situation for quashing proceedings towards him. Justice Sharad Kumar Sharma mentioned, “However, composition in itself ought to carry a lesson for the applicant that in future he wouldn’t have interaction himself in such forms of offences and he ought to reckon find out how to acknowledge the sanctity of a pleasant relationship.”

The complainant alleged that after she accepted the accused’s good friend request on Fb, he began sending “indecent images and movies, which have been objectionable.” An FIR was registered towards the accused and the investigation revealed that the allegations towards him have been prima facie discovered to be true. Thus, the accused was booked u/s 354A of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) and u/s 67(a) and 67 of the Info Know-how (IT) Act. Subsequently, a chargesheet was filed towards the accused and a summons was issued to him.

Thereafter, the applicant moved the Uttarakhand Excessive Courtroom u/s 482 of the Prison Process Code (CrPC), in search of to quash the prison proceedings towards him. Thereafter, the events filed an interim utility for compounding the offences earlier than the courtroom. The events additionally submitted their affidavits to the identical.

The courtroom, upon interplay with the complainant, discovered that the accused has rendered an apology to the complainant and thus, the complainant doesn’t intend to pursue the case additional. Nevertheless, the federal government’s counsel has opposed the accused’s compounding utility as sexual harassment u/s 354A of the IPC just isn’t compoundable, whereas the offences underneath the IT Act are compoundable.

The courtroom famous that the offence of sexual harassment just isn’t compoundable; nevertheless, the courtroom additionally thought of that the complainant has accepted the accused’s apology. The courtroom famous that the complainant doesn’t intend to prosecute the accused additional, because the accused is thought to the complainant’s household.

“Owing to the aforesaid assertion made by the complainant respondent No. 2, this Courtroom is of the view, that seeking to the character and gravity of offences and likewise coupled with the very fact, that the events have shut affinity with each other, owing to their relationship which they’ve developed on Fb, coupled with the very fact, that the applicant was recognized to the members of the family of the complainant, with a purpose to preserve peace and concord amongst themselves, the Compounding Utility is required to be thought of by this Courtroom within the train of its powers underneath Part 482 of CrPC,” the courtroom mentioned.

Nevertheless, the courtroom mentioned that there should be a lesson for the accused that he doesn’t have interaction in such behaviour sooner or later and “he ought to reckon find out how to acknowledge the sanctity of a pleasant relationship.”

Thereafter, the Uttarakhand Excessive Courtroom quashed the case towards the accused, nevertheless, for the reason that offence is non-compoundable, the courtroom directed the accused to plant 50 timber as a situation. The courtroom directed the accused to plant 50 timber in an space as recognized by the District’s Horticulture Division at his personal value. The courtroom additional mentioned that the accused should plant the timber underneath the Horticulture Division’s supervision and the proceedings towards him could be dropped after the Horticulture Division submits a certificates issued for such plantation.


The courtroom additional held that if the accused doesn’t adjust to the courtroom’s instructions inside a month, the prison proceedings towards him could be revived. Moreover, the courtroom mentioned that if a Horticulture Division officer issued a fraudulent certificates, the identical could be “criminally handled in accordance with legislation.” The courtroom concluded, “Owing to above, the matter is compounded and the C482 Utility would stand disposed of accordingly.”