A man gets jail for calling a woman “Chhammak Chhallo” by a court in Thane. While announcing the verdict the court said that the use of words amounts to “insulting a woman’s modesty”. Last week, a magistrate sentenced a city resident to simple imprisonment “till the court rises” for using the word for the woman and also imposed a fine of Re 1 on him.
First class judicial magistrate R T Ingale found the Ghodbunder Road resident guilty under section 509(word, gesture or act intended to insult the modesty of a woman) of the Indian penal code.
As per the complaint filed by the woman on January 9, 2009, at 9.15am, she stated that while she along with her husband was returning from the morning walk, she stumbled on a garbage bin which the accused had kept on the staircase. After which, the accused shouted at the couple and called the woman “chhammak chhallo”
The woman said that the words insulted her modesty, she also complained about it to the housing society but no action was taken. After which, she went to the police but the police refused to file a complaint and she finally approached the court.
Eight years after the incident, Judicial Magistrate RT Ingale upheld her case, saying the accused had indeed committed an offence under section 509 of IPC (word, gesture or act intended to insult the modesty of a woman). “It is a Hindi word. There is no word for it in English. The said word is to be understood in the Indian society by its use. Generally this word is used to insult a woman. It is not a word for appreciating….it causes irritation and anger to any woman,” the magistrate said in his order.