A young software engineer will sweep the premises of a government-run hospital here for one month, in a novel punishment announced by the Andhra Pradesh High Court after the man was convicted of harassing two women.
M. Dinesh Kumar, 21, a software engineer working with Dell Computers, was Thursday ordered by Justice B. Chandrakumar to sweep the hospital. The order came when the court was hearing Kumar's plea for anticipatory bail.
Asking the accused to surrender before the police, the judge told him to sweep the premises of Gandhi Hospital for one hour daily. He is allowed to choose the hour according to his convenience.
However, to ensure that the court order is complied with, the judge asked the superintendent of the hospital to maintain a register for Dinesh Kumar to mark his attendance daily.
What angered the court was the act of the techie in pulling the "dupattas" (scarves) of two girls. Dinesh Kumar and his friend Balarngasai, while going through Gautamnagar in Malkajgiri area here on a motorcycle March 21, harassed the girls.