Upon sentencing a young man to two years in jail for molesting a girl, a Sessions court here while observing that he had traits of a “stalker” and appeared to suffer from a “mental fixation” or an “obsession” for the girl, bemoaned the absence of a comprehensive law in India empowering courts to deal with stalking cases, despite such cases being on the rise.

Additional Sessions Judge Kamini Lau asked Tihar Jail authorities to provide necessary counselling or psychiatric help to aid the convict, who claimed before the court that the girl was his former girlfriend, in overcoming his problem.

“During the trial of the case, this court has had an occasion of actually observing the behaviour of the convict Mukesh alias JP. He appears to be having a mental fixation for the prosecutrix and is obsessed with his past relationship with her (actual or assumed) and despite being made aware that his behaviour is distressing, unwanted and objectionable to the prosecutrix (in view of her repeated previous complaints to the police), he is not ready to relent,” Dr. Lau said.

“It is in this background, the possibility of the convict repeating his conduct with the prosecutrix and perhaps with more vengeance, cannot be ruled out. Hence to ensure the safety of the prosecutrix there is a desirability of keeping him out of circulation of the society,” the court said.