Molesting children through their clothing does not constitute sexual assault, Indian court rules
Molesting children through their clothing does not count as sexual assault, a judge in India has ruled, as she overturned the conviction of an alleged paedophile.
The man, a 39-year-old named in court documents only as Satish, had been sentenced to three years in jail in 2016 for gro a 12-year-old girl's breast and trying to remove her dress in the city of Nagpur.
But Satish appealed and in a judgement at Bombay's High Court last week, judge Pushpa Ganediwala ruled that there must be 'skin on skin' contact to prove a sexual assault has taken place.
The decision sparked outrage among campaigners and a backlash online, who attacked the judge over her logic.
'This ruling was given by a female judge. That's all we need to know about India and the plight of its female victims,' one wrote.
'They say it's not under sexual assault but... it is a minor act. I have been a victim of this "minor act" when I was 13, it feels horrible,' another added.
'Disgusting to hear what a female judge said about an adult male gro a minor girl in India. No doubt India is one of the worst countries for women,' a third added.
The case dates back to 2016, when the victim said she was lured to Satish's house in the city of Nagpur with the promise of fruit to eat.
But when the girl arrived, Satish touched her chest through her clothing and attempted to remove her dress, court documents said.
The girl's mother arrived a short time later and found her daughter crying. The girl explained what had happened and informed police.
Peter, England, Albania
What an incredibly stupid decision.
Enohado Todavia, Bloomington, United States
Remind me to never travel to India.
Willy-Mason, Colchester, United Kingdom
What a disgusting load of rubbish. The Indian people should be ashamed of their legal system.
Curse, North And South, United Kingdom
Backward is a good word.
Lunamouse, On the moon, United Kingdom
My god they're laws are so disgusting and so wrong! Children should be protected not molested!
MACUSA, Tampa, United States
Of course this comes from India.
carlinc, cheltenham UK, United Kingdom
India again. Unbelievable.
its cold up here, Up North, United Kingdom
Sickening! These countries have the cheek to call themselves civilised!
Nickstark, Brighton, United Kingdom
Shocking decision basically decriminalising sexual assault on children.
null, United Kingdom
An adult should NEVER touch a child inappropriately. ITS SICK AND DEPRAVED.
Firebrand1, The Great, United States
Coming from the land of rap.ists I'm not surprised.
Darnald T, hounslow, United Kingdom
Shame on the Indian judicial system.
Mgmcam, London, United Kingdom
If it was the judges daughter I wonder if he would feel the same
DivaR23, Vancouver, Canada
BFGtoby, Basingstoke, United Kingdom
How ? This is just jaw drop!
szx- British expat., Prague, Czech Republic
I didn't realise Indian courts/judges were so backward and of low intellect.
Nairam, Darlington, United Kingdom
That country is so backward.
OptimusSparks, The Citadel, United Kingdom
Bebe, HELL HOLE A LAGO, United States
horrible. really dangerous place for women and children.