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Indian Court declares groping minor girls without skin-to-skin contact is not ‘sexual harassment’

An Indian court declared that groping minor girls without touching her ‘skin’ can not be considered sexual assault according to the Protection of Children against Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act.

Under this order, the court has acquitted a 39-year-old harasser accused of groping a minor girl aged 12. The court held the individual guilty only for molestation, which is punishable with 1 year, according to the IPC Section 354. The Bombay High Court judge considered the harasser guiltless since there was no skin-to-skin contact as he did not remove the minor’s clothes.

India’s attorney-general, KK Venugopal, has termed the order as ‘disturbing.’ He further said that the order will likely set a bad example and will be ‘dangerous’ in the future.

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