An FIR should be filed immediately when harassment or sexual abuse of children are reported irrespective of the gender, failing which, the police officer would be punished under section 166 A (non-registration FIR) of IPC. Only women police should investigate the case, said Principal District cum Sessions Judge V. Balasundara Kumar.
Inaugurated a special legal literacy programme for judicial and police officers on Criminal Law Amendment Act 2013 and Protection of Children from Sexual Offences held here on Saturday, he said only special courts, (mahila courts) will hear such cases. If there were no Mahila courts, the district court will hear those cases.
Expressing grave concerns over increase in sexual harassment of women, the judge said widespread awareness is needed and judicial officers should know the Acts fully well to render justice.
Major amendments have been made in 246 B, 326 and 354 of the IPC. Punishment for cases registered Under 326 A (acid attack) and B (attempt to Acid Attack) was imprisonment not less than 10 year and can be extended up to life with a fine of Rs.10 lakh and 246 B attracted not less than five year imprisonment, which may extended up to seven years and liable to fine. Section 354-A (sexual harassment) of IPC, attracted five years RI, 354-B (public disrobing of woman) attracted imprisonment not less than three years which may extend to seven years and with fine, 354-C (voyeurism) attracted imprisonment not less than one year which may extend to three years, and also be liable to fine, and 354D (stalking) attracted imprisonment not less than one year which may extend to three years and be liable to fine.