'Avoid stereotyping': SC quashes MP High Court's 'tie rakhi for bail' order in molestation case
New Delhi | Jagran News Desk: The Supreme Court on Thursday quashed Madhya Pradesh High Court's order granting bail to a man accused of molestation on the condition that he will tie a rakhi to the victim on his release. A Supreme Court bench headed by Justice A.M. Khanwilkar, while setting the MP HC's order aside said that judges should avoid any type of stereotyping.
The top court also issued a slew of measure including training modules for sensitization of judges. The Attorney General (AG) K.K. Venugopal had also opposed the bail condition.
The plea was filed by advocate Aparna Bhat and eight other women lawyers against the July 30 order by the Madhya Pradesh High Court, where an accused of sexual assault was asked to get a 'Rakhi' tied on him by the victim as a condition for bail.
"The bail condition in question amounts to further victimisation of the survivor in her own house. In the context of 'Raksha Bandhan' being a festival of guardianship between brothers and sisters, the said bail condition amounts to gross trivialization of the trauma suffered by the complainant in the present case", said the plea.
The petitioners had argued that the bail condition by the High Court should be set aside. Bhat had contended in the plea that order has been passed by a constitutional court such as a High Court of a state and there is a strong likelihood that such observations and directions may result in normalizing "what is essentially a crime and has been recognised to be so by the law.
"The plea said: "It is highly objectionable for the High Court in the present case to put the complainant in a position where she is forced to accept the sum of Rs 11,000 as part of the customary ritual of Raksha Bandhan. Moreover, the said bail condition also goes a step further by stating that Respondent No. 2 (the accused) tender Rs 5,000 to the son the complainant."
The Madhya Pradesh High Court, earlier last year, laid out a unique condition while granting bail to a man accused of molesting a woman. The court asked the man to get a rakhi tied by the complainant on the day of Raksha Bandhan and promise to "protect her for all times to come". The Indore bench of Madhya Pradesh High Court also directed the accused to give Rs 11,000 to the victim as part of a customary offering made by brothers to sisters on the occasion.
(With Agencies Inputs)
Posted By: Talibuddin Khan