It is the duty of every citizen to renounce practices derogatory to the dignity of women, said the Bombay high court while rejecting a petition filed by artist Chintan Upadhyay seeking the cancellation of a criminal proceeding against him for indecency.
Upadhyay had moved court challenging the January 8 order of a metropolitan magistrate court, which had booked him on the basis of a complaint by his estranged wife, Hema.
Hema, who is an artist herself, alleged Chintan had drawn some indecent sketches in his separate bedroom that depicted woman in a derogatory manner. She alleged that two of the paintings on the wall were absolutely obscene.
Acting on her complaint, the magistrate court issued process against Chintan under section 4 (prohibition of publication or books, pamphlets etc containing indecent representation of women) of the Indecent Representation of Women (Prohibition) Act, 1986 and section 292 (2) (a) (prohibition of sale, distribution of obscene material) of the IPC.
Chintan had sought quashing of the criminal proceedings claiming the drawings were confined to his privacy and therefore, the issue was a violation of his fundamental rights of privacy. The high court, however, declined to accept his arguments.