Bollywood celebrities such as Taapsee Pannu, Swara Bhasker, Shibani Dandekar have been quite vocal on social media and fearlessly air their views about social issues. Yesterday, the Nagpur bench of the Bombay High Court said that groping a minor’s breast without ‘skin to skin’ contact cannot be termed as sexual assault as defined under the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act. This ruling was pronounced by a single-judge bench of Justice Pushpa Ganediwala while modifying the order of a sessions court, which had sentenced a man to three years of imprisonment for sexually assaulting a minor girl.
In the verdict, Justice Pushpa Ganediwala said that mere groping won’t fall under the definition of sexual assault. According to a report in NDTV, the report said that since the man groped the minor without removing her clothes, the offence can’t be termed as sexual assault, instead, it constitutes the offence of outraging a woman’s modesty under IPC section 354. Reacting to this news, many people expressed their anger and outrage over the verdict. Taapsee Pannu and Shibani Dandekar also took to their social media and expressed their horror, while condemning this ruling by the court.
Taapsee Pannu took to her Twitter, and sharing a screenshot of the news piece, she tweeted, “I tried for long but m still left with no words to describe how I feel after reading this.” It was National Girl Child Day yesterday, and Taapsee further wrote, “Got it now. Happy #NationalGirlChildDay2021.”
I tried for long but m still left with no words to describe how I feel after reading this. https://t.co/U8BKFrkhu8— taapsee pannu (@taapsee) January 24, 2021
Meanwhile, Shibani Dandekar took to her Instagram stories, and while sharing a screenshot of the news article, she wrote, “This is just f*cked….I’m so fed up.” ALSO READ: Taapsee Pannu Celebrates 6 Years Of Baby; Akshay Kumar Reacts, ‘Proud Of You And Your Journey’
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