Kissing and fondling are not unethical sexual practises: HC Bombay

Bombay high court gives bail to man accused of sexually assaulting a 14-year-old boy . The boy told the boy that the man had sexually assaulted him .

MUMBAI (MUMBAI): Kissing and fondling are not unnatural sex offenses, according to the Bombay high court, which gave bail to a man accused of sexually assaulting a 14-year-old boy.Justice Anuja Prabhudessai issued the order directing the bail application of the man against whom a first information report (FIR) was filed under Indian Penal Code Section 377 (unnatural offences) and the Prevention of Children from Sexual Offences Act, sections 8 (sexual assault) and 12 (sexual harassment).He is charged in the Dindoshi sessions court.The boys' father filed the FIR.

They discovered that their son had played an online game and paid to the man to recharge the app.The boy told the boy that the man had sexually assaulted him.Justice Prabhudessai said in his May 5 order, The victim's story as well as the first investigation report suggest that the applicant had penetrated the victim's private parts and kissed his lips.This is not, in my opinion, an offence under Section 377 of the Indian Penal Code.

Prosecutors Rutuja Ambekar asked the judge what evidence is available to support Section 377 application, apart from the document in the FIR.Justice Prabhudessai said that the offence outlined in Pocso sections 8 and 12 can be commuted to 5 years in prison.The accused has been in prison for almost a year.The charge has yet to be decided, and it is unlikely to begin in the near future.

She told the applicant to produce two personal bonds of Rs 15,000 with sureties.He would report to the police station once every two months, not interfer with the complainant-father or other witnesses, nor attempt to harm evidence, witnesses, or any other person concerned with the lawsuit, and keep the trial court informed of his address and contact number, as she ordered.Except where prohibited, the applicant shall cooperate with the trial's operation and appear at the trial court on all dates, according to the HC, who is resolving his bail offer.