While hearing a case concerning an assault on woman in 2014, a Delhi court has found the accused man guilty of making obscene faces and gesturing at a woman with his middle finger.
The court found the man guilty, claiming that showing middle finger to a woman amounts to outraging her modesty.
“This undeniably amounts to making utterances or gestures intending to insult the modesty of a woman,” metropolitan magistrate Vasundhara Azad observed.
On May 24, 2014, a woman had complained against her brother-in-law, alleging that he showed his middle finger to her besides passing lewd remarks and also physically hurting her. Following the complaint, the police booked the accused under IPC sections 509 (word, gesture or act intended to insult the modesty of a woman) and 323 (punishment for voluntarily causing hurt).
On October 8, 2015, the court framed charges against the man who pleaded not guilty and requested a trial in the case.
However, the accused consistently denied all of the allegations and claimed that the complainant had accused him of outraging her modesty owing to a property dispute.
The accused now stares at a maximum punishment of three years in jail and a fine. However, the length of the jail term will be announced on Tuesday.