A youth arrested on charges of outraging modesty and attempt to murder was granted bail by the Orissa high court, on the condition that he would polish the shoes of devotees at a local temple for three months.
Tarun Panda (name changed), 19, was arrested on July 4 after he allegedly misbehaved with a girl at a wedding, and thrashed her relatives when they intervened.
He moved the lower court first, and after being denied bail, moved the high court. Police said they received the September 9 order on Tuesday.
“We will execute it as per the high court's direction,” said Harihar Dora, inspector in charge of Purighat police station in Cuttack, 26 km from Bhubaneswar.
According to the youth's lawyer KP Mishra, justice CR Das, who gave the order, said the youth was being given a chance to mend his ways as he did not have a criminal record.
Panda will have to appear before the investigating officer every Sunday at 4 pm, who will then make arrangements to take him to the temple where he will polish shoes for two hours.
High court lawyers termed the order as unprecedented. But they said whether it was within the framework of the Constitution or criminal procedure code was open to debate.
“It is subject to interpretation if the order is unconstitutional and a violation of rights. We will file a petition seeking modification of the order,” said Mishra.