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Calcutta High Court Rules Calling Woman “Darling” Can Be Criminal Offence

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The Calcutta High Court has made a significant ruling, stating that referring to an unfamiliar woman as “darling” can be considered offensive and even a criminal offence under certain sections of the Indian Penal Code.

Calcutta High Court Rules Calling Woman “Darling” Can Be Criminal Offence

The decision came during the case of Janak Ram, who, while intoxicated, addressed a female constable using the term “darling.” The court emphasized that such language is offensive and can be seen as a sexually colored remark. Despite arguments about the accused’s sobriety, the court upheld the conviction but reduced the initial jail term from three months to one month due to the limited nature of the offense.

The incident occurred when a police team was maintaining order before Durga Puja and apprehended Janak Ram for creating a nuisance. The accused had asked the female constable a sexually colored question under a street light, leading to the filing of an FIR. After being found guilty by a lower court and having his appeal dismissed, Janak Ram brought the case to the Calcutta High Court.

While the evidence supported the claim, the court acknowledged that the offence was limited to the use of offensive language, prompting a reduction in the jail term imposed by the lower court.

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