If the sexual harassment was not committed in public still it is an offence said by the Madras High Court

Madras High Court

In this case a petition was filed by the applicant seeking to quash the final report filed against him in the metropolitian magistrate court. The case was M.R. Sivaramakrishnan V/S State of Tamil Nadu & Others [(Mad) 471 (2022)] Crl.O.P No.18261 of 2021 and Crl.M.P Nos.10016 & 10017  of 2021. The case was presided by Mr. Justice R.N. Manjula.

Facts of the case

  • The petitioner is said to have harassed the de facto complainant and her sister in filthy language in connection with the parking issue and also threatned her about a pending civil suit.
  • The petitioner was charged under Sections 341, 294(4),323,506(i) of IPC and section 4 of the Tamil Nadu Prohibition of Harassment of Women Act, 2002. The petitioner said that alleged offence took place inside the complainant house and not in the public place.
  • The few trial of the case already took placed and few witnesses also had been examined.


The court said that after finding that it was inappropriate to call the records and quash them at this stage, the court dismissed the petition. The respondent said that the alleged thing happened outside her house. They quashed the petition of the petitioner and also gave the liberty to the petitioner to raise his points to the trial court in his defence.

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