Arithang Man accused of harassment against wife and minor daughters

An FIR was lodged against a resident of Arithang, Gangtok, East Sikkim by his wife after several instances of domestic and sexual abuse in the family

Arithang Man accused of harassment against wife and minor daughters

Gangtok, September 15: Along with Sikkim’s increasing count of COVID-19 positive patients, cases of violence against women, children, and animals are at an all-time high. Every other day, a case of animal abuse, sexual abuse on a minor, or a domestic violence case against a woman is reported. On September 14, around 02:10 P.M. an FIR was lodged against a resident of Arithang, Gangtok, East Sikkim by his wife. The husband who is a taxi driver by profession had habitually in the past, after being intoxicated would create a nuisance at home and would regularly beat his wife and daughters.

According to the FIR lodged by his wife, the accused habitually would get the intoxicated following which he would regularly become violent towards his wife and minor daughters, often-times getting naked and exposing his genitals to his minor daughters and wife. Similarly, in the wee hours of Monday morning, the accused under the influence of alcohol came home, and started quarrelling with his wife, and became violent against the family, following which he bit one of his daughters on her hand and got naked, and tried to grab her.

The FIR has been lodged Under Section 354A of the Indian Penal Code R/W Section 8 of the POCSO Act, 2012. The accused at this time has been arrested and is currently under custody.

Section 354A of the Indian Penal Codes dictates that a man committing any of the following acts—
1. physical contact and advances involving unwelcome and explicit sexual overtures; 
2. or a demand or request for sexual favours; or
3. showing pornography against the will of a woman, 
4. or making sexually coloured remarks shall be guilty of the offence of sexual harassment1.

Any man who commits the offence specified in clause (i) or clause (ii) or clause (iii) of sub-section (1) shall be punished with rigorous imprisonment for a term which may extend to three years, or with fine, or with both. Any man who commits the offence specified in clause (iv) of sub-section (1) shall be punished with imprisonment of either description for a term which may extend to one year, or with fine, or with both.

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