Civic Chandran sexual harassment case: Bail order remarks on complainant’s dressing stokes debate

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Kozhikode: The Kozhikode Sessions Court has come out with a strange remark in the order granting bail to writer and activist Civic Chandran in the sexual harassment case. “The offence under Section 354A of the IPC will not prima facie stand when the woman was wearing sexually provocative dress," the bail order said. The accused had submitted the photographs of the woman along with the bail application.

The observation of Kozhikode Sessions Court triggered a heated debate on social media.

The court also pointed out that it is difficult to believe that a man, aged 74 and physically disabled, can forcefully put the defacto complainant on his lap to sexually harass her.

The remarks in the order has evoked debate on social media. A section of netizens even expressed their rage and claimed that the lower court normalizes victim blaming.

Few days ago, the district Sessions Court had granted anticipatory bail to writer Civic Chandran over a sexual assault case registered by Koyilandy Police. The case was registered over a complaint filed by a young writer.

According to the complainant, Civic Chandran sexually assaulted her while attending a poetry camp near the Nandi beach in Kozhikode. The incident happened in 2020. A complaint was filed against the writer when the first case against him made headlines.

The new development comes at this juncture.

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