Going beyond their call of duty, two city cops not only booked a man for passing lewd comments but also pursued the case as complainants and ensured that the accused is convicted.
In one of the rear instances, the court based on the testimony of assistant sub-inspector (ASI) Narinder Pal Singh and constable Jitender, who had witnessed accused Mohd Sahil hailing from Baltana in Zirakpur passing lewd comments at girls, convicted Sahil under section 294 (any obscene act in any public place) of the IPC.
“Keeping in view the nature of offence involving moral turpitude, increasing menace of offences against women, I am of the view that convict does not deserve any leniency from the court and is not entitled to the benefit of probation,” read the order of judicial magistrate Aman Inder Singh who imposed a penalty of Rs 200 on Sahil.
Dismissing the plea of the defence counsel seeking Sahil’s acquittal on the basis that no girl had lodged complaint or joined investigation, the court said, “Just because no girl joined in the investigation or her statement was not recorded…the case cannot be dismissed. In our society every girl wants to avoid reporting such incident for the sake of avoiding humiliation.” Claiming false implication, Mohd Sahil said, “I was booked to fulfil the quota of FIRs.”
On September 1, ASI Narinder Pal Singh and constable Jitender were on patrolling duty in Manimajra. When they reached near the bus stand in Manimajra, they saw Mohd Sahil passing lewd comments at girls. Sahil had uttered “Chal chalein aaj mausam bada suhana hai (Come let us go the weather is very pleasant today),” loudly in the public. Following this, the cops nabbed him.