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Onus on woman to protect dignity: Himachal Pradesh HC

Granting conditional bail to a rape accused, the Himachal Pradesh high court has observed that it is ultimately the woman herself who is the protector of her body and therefore her prime responsibility is to ensure that in a relationship, her dignity and modesty is protected.

punjab Updated: Aug 20, 2015 11:01 IST
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After hearing the bail petition, justice Tarlok Singh Chauhan on August 6 observed, “Once the prosecutrix knew that the petitioner is a married man, it was for her to restrain herself and not indulge in intimate activities. No doubt, it is the responsibility, moral and ethical both, on the part of man not to exploit any woman by compelling or inducing her for sexual relationship. But then it is ultimately the woman herself who is the protector of her own body and therefore, her prime responsibility is to ensure that in the relationship, she protects her dignity and modesty.”

“A woman is not expected to throw herself to a man and indulge him in promiscuity, thereby becoming a source of hilarity. It is for her to maintain her purity, chastity and virtues,” observed justice Chauhan.

“On the basis of records, it cannot be said that petitioner would in any manner interfere with the trial of the case and it is not even the allegation of the prosecution that petitioner would flee from justice. In such eventuality, it is otherwise open to the prosecution to approach this court for cancellation of bail,” observed the court.

First Published: Aug 20, 2015 10:49 IST