In a unique measure taken by the Madhya Pradesh High Court, a man accused of molesting a woman was asked by the court 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 [bail] applicant along with his wife shall visit the house of the complainant with a rakhi thread/band at 11 am on August 3 with a box of sweets and request the complainant to tie the rakhi band to him with the promise to protect her to the best of his ability for all times to come,” the single-judge bench of Justice Rohit Arya had ruled on Thursday.
According to The Hindustan Times, the court also instructed the man to give the woman Rs 11,000 as a customary offering and “seek her blessings”. “The applicant shall also tender Rs 5,000 to the son of the complainant for purchase of clothes and sweets,” the bench added. The man was also asked to submit photographs and receipts to prove that he had given the amount to the woman.
The bail applicant, Mr. Bagri(aged 30) had allegedly entered the house of the woman in Ujjain, who is also his neighbor, last month, and sexually harassed her.
The police had filed a first information report against the man under sections 354 (sexual harassment), 452 (trespassing), 323 (punishment for voluntarily causing hurt) and 506 (criminal intimidation) of the Indian Penal Code.