Grabbing a Woman’s Hand ‘Without Lustful Intent’ Does Not Offend Her Modesty: Court

A Kerala court recently ruled that grabbing a woman’s hand without ‘lustful intent’ does not violate her modesty. The accused, who had threatened to kill the woman, was instead found guilty of criminal intimidation and criminal threatening. “Mere assault or criminal force does not constitute a crime.” The culpable intent to offend the victim’s modesty

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